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Legendary Shade: Aretha Franklin Swiftly Avoids Shaking Patti LaBelle’s Hand at the White House [Video]

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It’s been well known for quite some time that Aretha Franklin doesn’t care for Patti LaBelle — although no one’s really ever been able to figure out exactly why.

If you were wondering if these two have moved past their feud in their old age, the answer is no as Aretha is still holding on to whatever it is that burned her so dearly back in the day.

At the White House’s Women of Soul concert last week, Aretha threw more shade than a wet rainforest canopy at Patti when Patti attempted to greet her!

Never in all our days have we seen Aretha move as quickly as she did when she tried to avoid Patti’s touch.

Maybe while Aretha was performing she had a sudden change of heart, because at the end of the clip she quickly embraces Patti as she leaves the room.

Watch the first 20 seconds of the clip below and see Aretha maneuver all the way around Patti’s reach, then again during the last 20 seconds to watch the ladies hug it out.

[via Obnoxious TV]

 

21 comments

  1. she probably didnt know it was her. She looked like she thought somebody was stealing her Fur! lol

  2. How you carry drama up until your old age?

  3. Nikita Viola Rose Russell

    Even after all these years, her voice can still send chills to the very core of your soul. Such a blessing every time she sings!

  4. I WATCH IT 5 6 7 TIMES AND YES ARETHA DISS PATTY. THEY BOTH KNOW WHY THEY DON’T GET ALONG /…PATTY PROBABLY DID AND ALWAYS TRY TO TAKE THE LIME LIGHT AND ARETHA BEEN HERE LONG BEFORE PATTY,,,ARETHA FEEL THAT PATTY DON’T GIVE HER NO RESPECT, SO I’M NOT GONNA GET IN IT, CAUSE WHEN EVER ANY BODY ROBBEB ME WRONG YOU’RE DEAD TO ME.!

    • Aretha’s first album came out in 1956…Patti and The Bluebelles started in 1958. How has Aretha been here LONG BEFORE Patti?

      • No Shade but you just answer your own question!!! you said Aretha’s first album came out in 1956 and Patti and the The Bluebelles started in 1958, that is a two year difference

        • IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IT TAKES A WHILE TO RECORD AND ALBUM AND YOUR RELEASE DATE IS UP TO THE LABEL. PATTIE COULD HAVE HAD HER MUSIC AT THE SAME TIME BUT BACK IN THE DAY NOBODY WANTED TO PUT AN ALBUM OUT AT THE SAME TIME AS ANOTHER ARTIST SO THEY HAVE BOTH BEEN IN THE GAME ABOUT THE SAME TIME

  5. That was so mean and disrespectful, I really hope in my heart that was an accident. They are around the same age but Patti LaBelle looks ageless while Aretha looks like she is wiltering away

  6. This post is ridiculous! Ms. Labelled held her arm for a minute. Made up news! This is disrespectful & should be taken down. All hail the Queen!

  7. Ya’ll are messy, bored, nit-pickers… She did not shade Patti, she let her arm linger behind her to non-verbally acknowledge Patti, but she was performing at THE WHITE HOUSE for our PRESIDENT and no matter how chill Obama seems to be it is still such a HUGE honor and should be reflected in flawless, professional appropriate behavior. If you are a legendary performer walking to the stage to perform at such a magnanimous televised affair would you stop and dap-up, kiss, hug or even “hay girl” someone on the way? She’s not at no damn music festival or Summer Jam concert! What’s wrong with ya’ll?

  8. Aretha and Patti are long-time friends.

    Looks are deceiving, the media loves drama.

  9. Where is the clip that shows them “hugging it out”?

  10. Aretha is very superstitious and never shakes hand with people before her performance. Many people know this and so does Patti. At Obama’s inauguration in 2009, she got criticized for not shaking hands before she sang. Notice, everybody is clapping, not trying to shake her hand except Patti….! Know the facts before you comments!

  11. I still don’t see what’s going on here, I must be looking at something different. It looks to me as she did grab patti’s hand, and once she passed her, her hand returned to the front. No one can see behind her, the camera is shooting from the front, and if she hugged patti at the end where’s the beef?

  12. I can’t stand Patti Labelle either. She’s a good singer but she grandstands like nobody I’ve ever seen! Definitely not one of my favorite artists!

  13. I am embarassed for all of you who are trying to make something out of nothing. First of all is it at all curious to you that no one else felt the need to reach out and grab Aretha? Aretha was creating a “performance illusion ” She is the “Queen” and people do not touch the “Queen.” If you break the illusion you get dissed!!!! It is all a game. And Patti violated the rules. They are not my rules and they may not be Aretha’s rules, but this would have never been an issue had she not reached out beyond the invisible “purple rope” and touched the “Queen.” Second we assume that Aretha was concentrating on Patti and Patti was offended because Aretha did not “swop” spit with her. Give me a break folks. Concentrate on something else. Both Aretha and Patti are part of the natural treasures of this country. They share that stage with many other DIVAS. Cant’ we all just get along?

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