Tuesday morning marked the premier of the 22nd season of the morning talk show, The View. During the episode, longtime host Whoopi Goldberg reflected on her experience at Aretha Franklin’s recent funeral. Now she has a favor to ask of viewers.
Whoopi began with jokes about the length of the funeral, even quoting her favorite meme:
It’s been picked up for next season. That’s how long it was.
She discussed Ariana Grande’s dress, which many felt was too short. (She did not mention how Bishop Charles H. Ellis III groped the side of Grande’s breast.) She also clarified that Aretha’s family asked Grande to sing “Natural Woman.”
She discussed the controversy around former President Bill Clinton sharing the stage with Louis Farrakhan, defending Clinton’s choice to sit with the Islamic leader.
You’re bitchin’ about this, you need to call the [Franklin] family. Because the family invited Farrakhan there. They know him, there’s a reason he was there — and you don’t get up off a dais when you’ve been invited there to celebrate that person’s life.
Goldberg concluded by sharing Aretha’s last wish. She talked about Judge Greg Mathis’ speech, in which he said his last conversation with Aretha was about the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Before she passed, Franklin learned that Flint residents still had no clean water, and she wanted Judge Mathis to “handle it.”
Whoopi finished the story by saying to the audience:
So, whatever we can do to get that going…
She also shared the mission to get Aretha Franklin on the United States postage stamp:
People can mail [stamp] suggestions to the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee in Washington. I’m asking you to flood them. Flood them. Because Aretha Franklin is a true American treasure.
Watch the entire segment here.
Fans were thankful to learn about Aretha’s dying wish.
#ArethaFranklin was one of a kind. She had a beautiful spirit. She gave us great music. Aretha had a great voice. We'll miss her. Thank you Whoopi for talking about the water in Flint, Michigan. Aretha Franklin was upset that nothing was done about it. #TheView
— Aaron J. (@TheRealAJ_) September 4, 2018
I think we need to do an Aretha tribute album and have all of these performers come back in the studio with the Aretha Franklin choir and record all of this. #ArethaHomegoing All proceeds would go to Flint Water Crisis.
— Lexi B (@NaturallyLexi27) August 31, 2018
“They cut my mic? Somebody going to jail.” – Greg Mathis Also I'm glad he brought up Flint, Michigan while everyone is watching and I hope he does sock it to em' like #ArethaFranklin said. #ArethaHomegoing #ArethaFranklinHomegoing #ArethaFranklinFuneral #RIPAretha
— RebelliousSoul (@GaiaOsiris) August 31, 2018
— Christine Beil (@zen310) September 4, 2018
People also love the idea of getting Aretha on a stamp.
I can get behind an Aretha Franklin stamp
— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) August 31, 2018
— Amanistabarqa (@YourNeighborJP) August 31, 2018
Help me get Aretha Franklin on a Postage stamp— “The Postal Service will honor extraordinary and enduring contributions to American society, history, culture or environment”
— Zorainthecity (@ZoraKnows) September 6, 2018
— Tony Gillespie (@tonyg1102) September 6, 2018
— Susan Crawford (@envisione) September 5, 2018
hey @USPS, please put Aretha Franklin on a US postage stamp. Thanks!
— Carrie (@mscarrielynn) September 4, 2018
— Ronda Racha Penrice (@rondaracha) September 4, 2018
The Queen’s legacy will live forever!