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Is Aretha’s hat Smithsonian bound?

Aretha's Hat on the way to the Smithsonian?Sometimes you just gotta laugh.

I mean, that hat Aretha Franklin wore at the Obama inaguration certainly put a smile on my face. Bless her soul for getting in front of the world with that thing on her head.

Yesterday msnbc.com reported that the Smithsonian wants the hat to add to it's permanent collection:

"The Queen of Soul’s big-bowed headgear has become a hot property since the legendary singer wore it to belt out “America the Beautiful” at President Barack Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the hat’s designer, Luke Song, has been overwhelmed with demand for the $179 item. (Aretha’s custom-made version cost over $500.)

But while the Smithsonian wants the original, Aretha’s not sure if she wants to give it up."

I've heard that Luke Song is from Detroit. I hope that he does very well from this and a mini industry for hats from Detroit comes out of this. I wouldn't buy one. And I would walk at least 10 steps behind anyone I went out with in public who wore one, but more power to those that think it's cool.

Like I said, it made me smile and that's something that doesn't happen so much today in Detroit.

I hope Aretha Franklin does agree to donate it to the Smithsonian. I'd love to see it next time I visit D.C.

I'm sure it would make me smile all over again.

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  1. I don’t know what the big deal is about this hat. It’s really not that bad. Visit enough churches in Detroit, and you’ll see hats a lot bigger and more ridiculous than this one. Big ups to her for choosing a designer from the D.

    Posted by: Hat's not that bad | February 3, 2009
  2. I never said the hat was bad. I love it. I just would walk 10 feet from anyone wearing it. and as I said, I hope the designer gets tons of work from this. The area could use the work and presige.

    Posted by: Clayton | February 3, 2009

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