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Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul Food, and the meanest mother fucker to ever climb the charts.
A native of Detroit, Franklin unleashed her fury on the American public in 1963 with her unforgettable hit "What the Fuck You Looking At, My Sweet Jesus?" on the Ed Sullivan Show. Said Sullivan "Folks if you think she is big now, just give her three years all the Oreos she can eat and I promise you the results will be beyond spectacular."
edit Early life
Franklin was literally born in the mean streets of Detroit. Her father LaMont Franklin was driving his pregnant girlfriend to the hospital to deliver (and hoping to God that one his wife's friends didn't see him carting his pregnant twelve year-old baby mama girlfriend, Dashiki Robinson around).
Mrs. Franklin, who was none to bright, was a loving mother, and believed in the age-old adage that "A fat baby is a happy baby". By the age of five, Baby Aretha was tipping the scales at 195lbs. and was on her way to 200Lbs. with a bullet. "Just look at 'd baby, she's a happy chil'," she would point out to anyone they would meet.
edit Modern career
By the time Aretha was fourteen, her massive size made it impossible for the choir box at the Mt. Sinai Holy Tabernacle of Heavily Baby Jesus' Love and Mercy AME Zion Church to accommodate anyone but her. While she had tried singing, Aretha excelled at wailing - which she did at her bellicose best. According to Brother Leon Brothers, "No one, and I mean no one, could out wail Aretha."
Mrs. Franklin began to get a prickling feeling of pride, which she knew was a sin, so she held a banana out in front of Aretha and waddled the child down to Mowtown Records where Barry Gordy signed her as a contralto and tackle for a group to be named at a later date.
Waiting was fine with Aretha - there was a Jolly Pirate Donut Shop across the street while waiting in line, in the ninety degree heat, a young Smokey Robinson accidentally brushed aside Aretha, who let loose with a bombastic sonic blast of "what the fuck you looking at?" After regaining his mind, Robinson darted back across the street and informed Gordy that he would write a song for the very biggest sound ever to come out of Detroit. In the fall of 1963 Franklin was invited to sing on the Ed Sullivan show. The rest, as they say, is show biz legend.
edit Recent appearances in the media
Franklin has received criticism for her recent appearances in the media. The New York Times Media critic Stanford O'Shea pointed out that Franklin has the "largest nipples in show business, bar none," and "Franklin deserves to be locked up for crimes against spaghetti straps, polyester and the American public; her breasts, each, weigh as much Moms Mabley."
edit Feud with Mariah Carey
In 2005 Mariah Carey shared teh stage with Franklin at a benefit performance (benefitting both singers as they split the ticket sales) and all seemed to go well until Carey appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Carey commented that the two shared the stage as equals. Franklin, who always gets top billing, released a statement that said: '"I believe that Mariah is mistaken." According to Bill Cosby, the official language liaison between the white people and black people "While that might have been what Arthea said to the press, is context is much more subtler, and translates to 'Who in the fuck does that two-bit half breed Ho from Long Island think she is? Her voice is so fucking high only a dog can hear it.'"
When asked for a comment, Carey fired back that Franklin "is bitter and old, and jealous. Jealous because I have tits; tits that are creamy pert and that men desire; she just has these saggy, baggy old moo moo cow udders that havn't given milk in fifty years."
"I'm gunning for you Mariah," retorted Aretha, "so expect a donkey punch the next time I see you, so help me JESUS!"
- Franklin is terrified of airplanes, and instead prefers to sit in the back of the Greyhound Bus traveling from one venue to the next.
- Franklin bathes each day in fresh milk and jello to help tone her skin.
- Franklin believes that Diana Ross is an overpaid skank "who slept her way to the middle and then murdered Florence Ballard over a half empty bottle of King Cobra" in 1975 — and that Mariah Carey is an "uppity little half-breed" whom Franklin can squash like a bug.
- In July 2009, Franklin wrote to "Hustler" and "Juggs" magazines, offering to pose nude for the center spread in return for a bucket of fried chicken and pigs' feet. Both magazines rejected the offer. "Hustler" offered Franklin a year's supply of fried chicken if she agreed never to mention herself and nudity in the same sentence ever again.
- Although Franklin has won 20 Grammy awards, she has only two trophies left. In a candid and (literally) revealing interview that Franklin gave "Woman's Weekly" magazine dressed in a see through negligee, she confessed to having eaten 18 of her trophies.
- On her 75th birthday, Ms. Franklin received a KFC store in her hometown of Detroit, MI. She downed it in a single sitting, though "blowing out the candles" was problematic.