AceShowbiz - Stevie Wonder took the chance to throw shade at President Donald Trump when he attended Aretha Franklin's funeral at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on August 31. The 68-year-old soul singer, who performed his hit song "As" during the service, was not the only one who dissed the current president of the United States as Reverend Al Sharpton also "taught" him the meaning of respect.
Donning a black suit with matching sunglasses and headband, Wonder took a moment out of his speech to say, "So what needs to happen today not only in this nation, but [also] throughout the world, is to make love great again." The audience cheered and gave him standing ovation, before the "Master Blaster" singer continued, referencing to Trump's racist views, "Because black lives do matter. Because all lives do matter."
"If we love God, then we know that it is our love that will make all things better," Wonder told the audience. "When we make love great again, that is what Aretha has said throughout her life, through the pain she gave us the joy and said 'let's make love great again.' "
Stevie Wonder appears to reference Trump slogan at Aretha Franklin's funeral, saying "we need to make love great again." pic.twitter.com/gVodjs545H— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 31, 2018
Meanwhile, Sharpton wanted Trump to understand the meaning of respect as he paid tribute to Franklin and her legacy at the podium during the service. "You know the other Sunday on my show, I misspelled 'Respect,' and a lot of y'all corrected me," the 63-year-old activist said. "Now I want y'all to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means."
Just like Wonder, Sharpton received standing ovation from the audience. He then went on to comment on Trump's tribute to the late Queen of Soul in which the president said that Franklin worked for him on numerous occasions.
"I say that because when word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said, 'She used to work for me.' No, she used to perform for you. She worked for us," Sharpton continued. More mourners clapped and cheered when the activist added, "Aretha never took orders from nobody but God."
Sharpton ended his speech with a message from former president Barack Obama and his wife, who couldn't attend the service as they were at John McCain's funeral. "Aretha's work reflected the very best of the American story with all of its hope and heart, its boldness and its unmistakable beauty," the activist delivered the message.
Rev. Al Sharpton at Aretha Franklin's funeral: "When word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said she used to work for me. No, she used to perform for you. She worked for us." https://t.co/qSW5iZgtqRpic.twitter.com/QrvJrR4kw3— ABC News (@ABC) August 31, 2018