Confession time: I got sucked in by a fake news story.

I few days ago, I posted a story about Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin getting into a fight at a recent event. Here is the story I posted.

And Here....Is the truth from


On 11 April2014, the News Nerd web site published an articlepositing that shortly after that event, Patti Labelle retaliated for the slight by attacking Aretha Franklin at an Atlanta concert, for which the former was arrested and criminally charged:

Legendary singer Patti Labelle arrested and charged with assault and battery after attacking Aretha Franklin.The singers were in Atlanta for an R&B/Soul concert onMarch 20th when they ran into each other backstage. Labelle was still fuming from a recentrun-in with Franklin at the White House for the "Women of Soul" concert. While Aretha Franklin was making her way to the stage, Labelle extended her hand to greet the "Respect" singer, when she threw epic shade in an effort to avoid her. The two exchanged obscenities after the event and parted ways.

Many readers soon mistook the News Nerd article for reporting of a genuine occurrence. However, Patti Labelle did not attack Aretha Franklin, nor was she arrested on any such charge — the News Nerd was just a fabrication spoofing the earlier In Performance at the White House incident. As the The News Nerd site's disclaimer states, all of its material is satirical in nature:

My apologies. What can I tell you? I thought it was a good story and I got suckered in!
Actually, Snopes didn't bust ME for the story. It just made a good headline.

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