Watch MSNBC Host Al Sharpton Botch Spelling of Hit Aretha Franklin Song On-Air: ‘R-E-S-P-I-C-T’


MSNBC host Al Sharpton, who is known for struggling to pronounce words properly while on-air, botched the spelling of iconic soul singer Aretha Franklin’s hit song “Respect,” spelling it “R-E-S-P-I-C-T” during Sunday’s taping of his show PoliticsNation.

Sharpton made the error while addressing President Donald Trump calling former White House Omarosa Manigault-Newman a “dog” in a much talked about tweet.

“I think you might’ve learned the lesson this week, sometimes the dog bites back with a book deal,” Sharpton said of Trump’s beef with Omarosa.

“So in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T, and the next time you get a black woman and a beagle confused, remember this: I got you,” Sharpton said — clearly misspelling the lyrics to Franklin’s song.

Despite the error, Sharpton had a close relationship with Franklin, who passed away last week.

“What most do not realize is that the Queen of Soul dedicated much of her time and money to advancing civil rights and human rights,” Sharpton wrote in a piece for Billboard on the legacy of Franklin. “There are superstars, and then there are humanitarians — Aretha somehow encapsulated both.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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