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Patti LaBelle thinks all you divas are a bunch of heifers!

Patti LaBelle thinks all you divas are a bunch of heifers!
January 23, 2014 JEREMY FEIST

Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle has had a long, illustrious career spanning five decades, and has even been inducted into The Grammys Hall of Fame. So basically, she made it a long time ago and now she’s just living to take the piss out of the up-and-coming singers. And oh, is she taking the piss out of them: She’s gone on the record saying that none of the new crop of divas deserve the title, and that they’re all a bunch of heifers. HEIFERS! Via PrideSource

For you, what does it mean to be a diva?
That word is used so loosely that I don’t even consider myself a diva. I always considered myself a woman who sings her heart out and who gives 120 percent. “Diva” is a word that I wouldn’t wanna call myself because it’s so loosely used. It’s not cute anymore.

Is there a negative connotation to it now?
Yeah, because all these little heifers who can’t sing are called divas! It doesn’t mean anything to me and probably to some of the other ladies who have been doing it for as long as I have: Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick. You know, I’m speaking for me – I don’t know if they like to be called divas – but I know I wouldn’t call them divas, because it’s not in good company.

All right, here’s what I need: I need someone to just follow Patti around all day with a camera and a boom mic, documenting everything she says and every side-eye she throws, and turn that into a TV show. NO! IT’S OWN CHANNEL. Because she is a precious ducat of gold.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.