Over 40 artists and entertainers attended Franklin’s funeral on Friday morning (August 31). A handful of people also spoke to honor the Queen of Soul who recently passed.
Perhaps one of the headliners was Tyler Perry. He spoke at around 1:15 PM and shared some beautiful thoughts about the legendary singer.
"There's no place in the world that knows how to send somebody home like Detroit, Michigan," he told the crowd. "Aretha is looking down smiling."
The funniest part was when the actor/comedian revealed to the audience that after his infamous movie character Madea was debuted on the big screen, Franklin would call Perry just to hear him play the character over the phone.
“I’m grateful to God that we had the fortune to be on this planet at the same time as Aretha Franklin,” Perry said afterward.
This, along with the rest of his eulogy had Twitter laughing.
Aretha Franklin: I love Madea.— Mike Savoy♋️ (@MikeyChopz) August 31, 2018
Tyler Perry: You know she's not real.
AF: I don't care I want to talk to her.
TP: Hellurrr.#ArethaHomegoing 😂
lol "calling up Tyler Perry and making him do the Madea voice" is the highest level of black grandmothering possible— Dad (@fivefifths) August 31, 2018
Aretha Franklin used to call up Tyler Perry and make him entertain her as Madea over the phone. A very elite level of sonning.— Boo Radley (@ClauGasol) August 31, 2018
Tyler Perry sitting there trying to figure out how to work this opera singer into a movie. #ArethaHomegoing— Destinee (@DestineesMuse) August 31, 2018
Tyler Perry Presents Madea’s Homegoing is coming soon just wait on it— Sylvia Obell (@SylviaObell) August 31, 2018
This was wonderful @tylerperry, personal and heartfelt.. happy to hear that Madea and Miss Franklin talked from time to time 😊— Wandy (@wandycole0531) August 31, 2018
Perhaps laughter is the best medicine in dealing with Aretha Franklin’s death. It’s probably how she’d have had it anyway.
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