The Queen of Soul was unable to attend Saturday’s funeral because of leg spasms, but the media has taken it upon themselves to speculate other reasons.
According to reports, Houston’s mother Cissy told Aretha she could not attend the funeral because of a recent comment she made on The Today Show. The comment in question was, "parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home."
In a statement released Wednesday, Franklin argued she was speaking generally, not about Cissy and Whitney Houston. Apparently NBC cut out the following line where she stated, "This is no reflection on Cissy or Nippy's upbringing."
Since then, Ms. Franklin has gone on to criticize the media!
"Extra TV, the New York Post and Newsday (New York) should stop the BS, Cissy Houston and I have been longtime friends for almost 50 years. I have four invitations and parking passes that were sent to me for the funeral. Extra TV, the New York Post and Newsday (New York) are more interested in sensationalism and negative speculations than the truth."
"Cissy does not need ridiculous speculation and neither do I – particularly at this time … Knowing Cissy as well as I do, I know Whitney left home right and properly. I was generalizing and it was a well-intended statement for any young adult coming into the music industry. I was not speaking of anyone specifically."
Well then, the queen has spoken!