Kecalf Franklin, the son of the late Aretha Franklin, is calling for a boycott of the upcoming biopic about his mother’s life. Respect is set to be released in theaters in October and Jennifer Hudson has been cast to star as Aretha. Kecalf posted a lengthy Facebook post urging his mother’s fans not to go see the film.
He wrote, “ONCE AGAIN..... THE FRANKLIN FAMILY (DOES NOT) SUPPORT THE MOVIE THAT IS IN PRODUCTION!!!!! NOR DO WE SUPPORT THE BOOK “THE QUEEN NEXT DOOR”!!!!! NEITHER ENTITY FELT THE NEED TO CONTACT THE (CORE) FAMILY ABOUT ANYTHING!!!!”
Kecalf claims that no one from the family was contacted for important information about his mother. He also says that his mother was in favor of Jennifer being casted as her. “HOW CAN YOU MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT A PERSON AND NOT TALK TO THE PERSONS SONS OR GRANDCHILDREN ABOUT IMPORTANT INFORMATION? HOW CAN YOU PUT A PERSONS FAMILY (IMAGE) IN A BOOK AND NOT ASK PERMISSION? IF YOU ARE A “REAL” FAN OF MY MOTHERS....PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THIS. ASK YOURSELF....WOULD YOU WANT THIS DONE TO YOU? (side note: the “ONLY” person my mother was in favor of for the movie was JENNIFER HUDSON. period. Everything else is being done against our wishes) (please share) THE “REAL” FRANKLIN FAMILY (sons and grandchildren),” he continued.
Kecalf is currently involved in a legal battle to become the executor of his mother’s estate in place of Sabrina Owens, Aretha Franklin’s niece.
”This is all about his attempts to become the personal representative of the estate,” said David Bennett, Aretha Franklin’s longtime attorney and lead counsel for the estate.
Bennett disagreed with the idea that Kecalf was a voice for all of his mother’s heirs.
”He does not speak for the family,” the attorney said. “I know he doesn’t speak for his brother Ted White or his brother Clarence Franklin. The grandchildren have absolutely nothing to do with this. What he’s really doing is talking for himself.”