We’re so sorry for the loss of your aunt. The world has lost an amazing talent, and we’re grateful that her music will live on.
Aretha will always be remembered for all that she did to help empower African-American people, especially women, in her lifetime. Might we now call on her estate to help end the cruel era of wearing animal fur by donating her fur coats to PETA, where they’ll go on to offer warmth and comfort to those who need it the most? In the past, we’ve given donated fur coats—some coming from other wonderful women including Anjelica Huston, Mariah Carey, and Mary Tyler Moore—to homeless shelters in the U.S. (including in Detroit) and to displaced refugees in Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Syria.
Designers, brands, and stores are dropping fur as quickly as consumers are ditching it. As faux fur and other cruelty-free, vegan materials take over, real animal fur can be put to good use, and this generous donation would secure Aretha forever as an “Angel” for animals.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Please let us know if there’s anything that we can do to help you and your family through this difficult time.
Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman, PETA
You read that right! PETA couldn't even wait until we laid the Queen to rest before they came with their hand out. That letter was sent to Aretha's estate a.k.a her niece! I'd imagine she's still mourning the death of her aunt; You know, helping with funeral arrangements and things of that nature, but hey, I guess what better time than now to ask for Aretha Franklin's furs, right? (Insert ALL sarcasm here).
It's not known whether the estate has responded but what IS known is Aretha wasn't a known advocate of this cause so trying to change her image when she's already gone? Disrespect.
Memorial services are set for 8/31 at 10a in Detroit and although we may not all be there physically, fans will be able to livestream the entire funeral.
P.S. Have several seats PETA smh.