Mar 22, 2021
Aretha Franklin's family protest about National Geographic's Genius biopic
Aretha Franklin's family have denounced a new dramatisation of the singer's life, saying they were not consulted and "Do not support" the show. The family say they were cut out of the production process and asked fans to boycott it, saying: "This is about common, decent respect for our family." "As the immediate family, we feel that it's important to be involved with any biopic of my grandma's life, as it's hard to get any accurate depiction of anyone's life without speaking to the ones closest to them," she explained. Responding to the Franklin family's criticism, National Geographic noted that it had permission to make the film from Franklin's estate, which is currently a separate entity amid disputes over the singer's will. "We received the message from the family, we hear them and acknowledge their concern for Ms Franklin's legacy," a spokesperson said in a statement.
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