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Aretha Franklin Wants To Be A Reality TV Judge (But No One Is Calling)

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by Sergio
June 20, 2012 6:11 PM
28 Comments
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Aretha Franklin is a huge fan of those reailty TV talent shows like American Idol and The X Factor, and would love to be a judge on one of them. Only if someone would ask her.

Currently on tour, The Queen of Soul said in an interview last week that she would "love to be a judge on one of those shows. But I don't understand why singers like myself, Gladys (Knight), Natalie (Cole) and Patti (LaBelle) can't be judges."

"We never get a call. I don't understand it. I watch those shows all the time. Some of the talent is very good. Some of it is fun. And some of it is really wild" (i.e. They're horrible, but she's too polite to say it)

Why indeed? Wouldn't it be great to have someone like these women with years of experience, performances and music history to be judges? Who else is more qualifed to judge talent?

Of course we all know the reason. Ratings.

Producers think that legendary talents like Aretha or Gladys "skew" old, and the last thing they want are "old" viewers. They would rather get judges who they think would attract younger viewers, such as non-talents like Nicole Scherzinger (I still have NO idea who she is) or washed up has-beens like Brtiney Spears, who's getting, according to several sources, $15 million for just the first season as a judge on The X Factor. How she conned them into doing that is one of the great mysteries.

Hope Ms. Franklin isn't spending her spare time sitting by the phone.

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28 Comments

  • BluTopaz | June 21, 2012 4:13 AMReply

    @ TBP--"Just engaging in civil discourse."

    Bullocks. You are the main one going from thread to thread attempting to imply Black people are whining about certain issues, even when no one made such statements. Aretha is not crying about anything. She merely stated she just wants to appear on a talent show as a judge, just for fun. If they can hire a no-talent JLo, why not the Queen if that's what she wants? To use your logic, one could say you should start your own blog to address all your misplaced issues with Black people, but it's unnecessary because you can easily post your comments here. Starting a blog is free so what is stopping you, is it too much work for you? Are you one of those lazy Black people who feels entitled to use the resources of others, i see.

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 9:19 AM

    "Neither are you, you might want to stop trying to put words in her mouth. And no one is policing your black" Well I made it clear that I am reacting to the article. The poor lady prolly just said something in passing. Then Sergio dedicated an article to it - with a very sensationalist title might I add. "Self hatred"? Umm dont project your emotional issues on me.

  • BluTopaz | June 21, 2012 5:43 AM

    "cuz you aint her"

    Neither are you, you might want to stop trying to put words in her mouth. And no one is policing your black ... Aretha made ONE comment about something she would like to do, which took less time needed than for you to go from thread to thread looking for someplace to project your self hatred.

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 5:04 AM

    Ew, I cant believe I typed up a CareyCarey style (word count-wise) comment.

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 5:03 AM

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL. This is too LULZ for me. I dont know why certain people take certain statements personally. Do they strike a chord with you? Are they true to life to you? We all have the right to comment on here and voice our opinions last time I checked. Why are you trying to police me, the one and only Black Police? Just leave me be, hmm? "...just for fun" What is this "for fun" argument I keep seeing? What does it mean to judge for fun? Break it down. She's not gonna be serious about it? (I hate that you're having to speak for her btw... cuz you aint her) "If they can hire a no-talent JLo, why not the Queen if that's what she wants?" LOOOL Please that statement over and over till you get it. The keyword is THEY. If THEY can hire... THEY hire whoever THEY want and its their perogative. Im not gonna sit here and bemoan their choices. So they should just hire her JUST BECAUSE SHE WANTS? And you see no entitlement in that statement? Ridiculous! "To use your logic, one could say you should start your own blog to address all your misplaced issues with Black people" What exactly is misplaced about my issues? PERFECT LETS USE MY LOGIC. So say this wonderful S&A blog doesnt exist, and I want to address my so called black people issues, should I cry to all my friends saying theres no outlet for me or should I then create my own blog however amateur it might be and voice my opinions? Well there you have it... (I hope) She has the means (at least I belive she does)... Again she doesnt have to do more than she can. She can spearhead and she will reap the benefits if it becomes successful.

  • kid chaos | June 21, 2012 2:23 AMReply

    Black police go change your tampon sissy.What the queen of soul needs to do is join the cast of The biggest loser.

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 3:03 AM

    Oh, ok...

  • ellen cruz | June 20, 2012 9:41 PMReply

    Patti Labelle was asked to judge American Idol in the beginning, but she declined so they eventually settled with Paula Abdul. I'm sure they asked a lot of big name stars who ended up delining because 1) the format was relatively new and they didn't know it would become so successful 0r 2) they thought they were too high and mighty for a reality tv gig. I think the producers of these shows would love to have a Barbra, Liza or Aretha join the judging the panel, but what hurts them is that they are in this iconic, untouchable "legend" category, so it's almost best not to mess with them. It's like dealing with fine art, so to speak. In addition, SEVERAL people will view this as a step down for Aretha, and I can already see the " she must be despearte for money" or "why would she downgrade herself?" posts if she does become a judge.

  • CareyCarey | June 20, 2012 9:17 PMReply

    "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!". Okay, excuse me, but that's my deranged ex-TV anchor's voice. I borrowed it from the movie "Network" (1976) to express my concerns at Sergio & The Black Police. It's been a quiet day but I had to get off my couch to call BLASPHEMY ON THEM CLOWNS. Yeah, I said it, Pigmeat Markum & Red Fox, that's who they impersonating. But like I said, I didn't have any reasons to comment today because there wasn't ( from my viewpoint) anything to talk about.Well, lets see, what has been on the docket? 1.) Rihanna. PASS! 2.) Think Like A Man now on Blu Ray. I DON' T CARE IF RAY-RAY WAS GIVING THEM AWAY FOR FREE - PASS! 3.) FEDZ, British, and Crime. NOPE-PASS! 4.) Steel Magnolias. STEEL MAGNOLAS? PASS! 5.) BBC Doc: Is Football Racist? WHAT?! SLAP ME AND CALL ME A PUNK. ARE WHITE PEOPLE RACISTS? DUH-PASS! 6.) Sharon Leal. WHO IS SHE? PASS! 7.) NY Screenings and Broadway Musical Sister Act. I LIVE IN IOWA. PASS! 8.) NWA Biopic. I'VE SEEN NOTORIOUS -- PASS! 9.) Actress Michonne in action Rom-com. MACARONI OR MICHONNE, BLACK WOMAN WITH LONG SWORD -- PASS! 10.) Film Critic Andrew Sarris went to the Cabin In The Sky. I DID READ THAT POST. VERY INSIGHTFUL. I SAVED IT IN MY FAVORITES. 11.) Rudy & Housewives from Atlanta. OKAY, I READ THAT TO. BUT SEEING LITTLE RUDY (Keshia Knight Pulliam) IN HOTLANTA HOUSEWIVES, IS ABOUT AS APPEALING AS SEEING THEO (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) APPEARING IN RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE, SEASON 5. PASS!But I am not alone. Out of the 25 posts today, if the high and low was taken out, there has been about one comment per post. So when I noticed a picture of the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, I had to pay attention. Lets do that again... THE QUEEN OF SOUL! At first I thought S&A was running their quarterly post on Halle Berry and Aretha's biopic. Y'all know the one. Arthea wants Halle to play her in her biopic, and then everybody slams on Ms Franklin and Halle Berry. Yeah... yik yak patty wack... blah blah blah blah blah. But then I see The Black Police talkin' smack about her. And Sergio, he kind of laid her out for the slaughter. So both of them get my BLASPHEMY STAMP ( think Scarlet Letter) upside their fat heads. You don't mess with mother nature and you don't talk bad about The Queen of Soul.

  • the black police | June 20, 2012 10:54 PM

    Where is the disrespect? My comments were in response to a whole article being created for this whole pity party... "Oh woe is me, Whitey wont allow a black legend like me to judge on their show, boo hoo"

  • CareyCarey | June 20, 2012 10:41 PM

    I'm talkin' bout you, ol'slippery one. Your comments on Aretha were disrespectful (to say the least). You said she was "crying" which she was not. You also implied that she believe she has special entitlement... which she never said. Now hold up Shaft, let look at exactly what she said, "love to be a judge on one of those shows. But I don't understand why singers like myself, Gladys (Knight), Natalie (Cole) and Patti (LaBelle) can't be judges. We never get a call. I don't understand it. I watch those shows all the time. Some of the talent is very good. Some of it is fun. And some of it is really wild". But nooooooo Black Police man, you went off --> "LOLZ! So shes saying that with all her music clout, she cant produce and head judge a singing talent show? PITIFUL!". So Black Paul Blart: Mall Cop, what ye say now? :-)

  • the black police | June 20, 2012 10:28 PM

    Watchu talkin bout Willis?

  • CareyCarey | June 20, 2012 10:08 PM

    You're right Sergio, I must have had a flashback. I read the post again and you did her right. And yeah, who the hell is Nicole Scherzinger? And the more I think about it, maybe it wasn't you who keeps posting those "Halle ain't trying to be Aretha" articles?

  • Sergio | June 20, 2012 9:41 PM

    Now just how did I lay "her out for slaughter"? On the contrary I say she would be the perfect judge and why isn't she on one of these talent shows, someone of substance instead of some superficial no talent?

  • No | June 20, 2012 8:55 PMReply

    Beautiful picture of Aretha Franklin, in glorious black and white.

  • BluTopaz | June 20, 2012 7:59 PMReply

    That pic of Aretha is so pretty. Anyway I can't imagine being judged as a singer by this lady.

  • the black police | June 20, 2012 6:52 PMReply

    LOLZ! So shes saying that with all her music clout, she cant produce and head judge a singing talent show? Pitiful. Why is she waiting for Simon Cowell to call her. Dont she got money from RESPECT?

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 12:37 AM

    @AKIMBO and MICAH: Fair. I have never castigated someone for having an opinion. No misplaced rage here or rage of any kind for that matter. Just engaging in civil discourse.

  • Akimbo | June 21, 2012 12:23 AM

    Sorry, Black Police; you are overreacting.

  • Micah | June 20, 2012 11:17 PM

    She said nothing about feeling entitled or owed. She merely suggested that she and several others would be good fits for judging these shows they enjoyed watching. I think a lot of people would agree she's qualified to judge a singing competition. Granted I think being on one of these shows is slightly beneath her. More than likely the interviewer asked her what she thought about these shows and she just answered. Could it be you are reading far too much into her statement and dealing with misplaced rage about a larger issue?

  • the black police | June 20, 2012 10:26 PM

    Who is hollering? I can assure you not me. I have NOTHING against her. She is legendary. I just dont condone any form of "crying" and sense of entitlement. She is NOT entitled to anything unless she creates it for herself. What are talking about? If I want to bake a cake, I bake it. Not cry about why when I want to make a cake, monsieur X is not calling to me to make a cake. Why should I feel monsieur X owes me anything anyway? And the reason I keep mentioning creating/producing is cuz someone of her stature should be able to. I cant see her lacking resources (though you never know) to create a solid show. At this stage in her career she shouldnt be crying about how so and so didnt let her do such and such.

  • Akimbo | June 20, 2012 9:07 PM

    I really don't get what the issue is. If she says she wants to do one specific thing, why are you hollering about all the other things she could/should do? If I want to bake a cake, don't tell me I need to either open a bakery or just make a cupcake. Your outrage doesn't make sense here; there's no reason to get mad at every single thing and compare every single situation to what the white counterparts are doing.

  • the black police | June 20, 2012 8:44 PM

    @AKIMBO: She should judge a local singing competition. @BLUTOPAZ youre glad someone wants to be on an awful show... oh, ok. Anyway, she also implicated other people in her words "But I don't understand why singers like myself, Gladys (Knight), Natalie (Cole) and Patti (LaBelle) can't be judges." I dont see Joni Mitchell or Barabara Streisand crying about this. If you havent noticed, the women on these shows are a certain type: 20 to 30s or can look it with trim bodies that can be used to display seductive looks. Again, if she wants it that badly, then she should create it.

  • BluTopaz | June 20, 2012 8:07 PM

    @ TBP- Why is there a need for another talent reality show? As Akimbo stated, this is not her objective. I'm glad Aretha is still here and healthy enough to want to be involved in one of those awful shows. IDK why some folks always have to be so extra with these comments, all outlandish.

  • Akimbo | June 20, 2012 7:27 PM

    She has expressed interest in judging. Not creating, producing, financing, hosting, or anything else. Seems clear to me.

  • the black police aol@aol.com | June 20, 2012 7:20 PM

    "Creating, pitching, and producing an entire show is much more labor intensive than merely being hired as a judge. The latter is easy money and the former is incredibly difficult and exhausting work." Correct. "For someone her age, with her health issues, and no experience producing, why bother now?" Because she is expressing interest. "It sounds like it's something she wants to do for fun, not for clout or money." Did you somehow derive that I was saying she wants to do it for money or clout? I am hoping she is paid for days. And by clout, I mean that she is a force in the industry. Now if she wants to do it for fun, then she should host a talent show in her hometown. Thatll be fun. Anyway, about her creating a show: does she have to do all the work? Clearly not. Age or health is not an excuse. The only acceptable reason for not doing it is lack of interest. And if she is not interested, then she shouldnt talk about it. And Im only going by your argument no from anything she said.

  • Akimbo | June 20, 2012 7:13 PM

    Creating, pitching, and producing an entire show is much more labor intensive than merely being hired as a judge. The latter is easy money and the former is incredibly difficult and exhausting work. For someone her age, with her health issues, and no experience producing, why bother now? It sounds like it's something she wants to do for fun, not for clout or money.

  • Lvflg | June 20, 2012 6:50 PMReply

    Aretha will never/ever be sitting by the phone waiting for calls...But an truly enterprising production team could launch a show with these ladies. It might work...if they got Steven Tyler for AI - why not Aretha! She comes from a time when singers really had to be able to sing!

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