After watching legendary singer Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum had just one question: Why was Louis Farrakhan, an avowed anti-Semite, featured so prominently at the funeral?
Farrakhan — the leader of the Nation of Islam whom many see as a racist, sexist, and black nationalist with controversial views on racial reconciliation — sat just three seats down from former President Bill Clinton during the funeral services.
While discussing the funeral service with a panel, MacCallum expressed her confusion over Farrakhan's presence.
"There were some beautiful performances today at Aretha Franklin's funeral in Detroit. The guests ranging from world leaders to musical legends and one especially controversial figure seated in the front row. Many people kind of wondering what the unapologetic anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan was doing up there," MacCallum said.
Despite tremendous performances by Jennifer Hudson and Gladys Knight, MacCallum said she was "distracted by Louis Farrakhan who was in every single shot."
"I’m thinking, ‘What was he doing there?'" MacCallum said.
Not only was Farrakhan front and center, but so were Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, both of whom are controversial figures.
"Why was [Farrakhan] so front and center?” MacCallum asked. “It’s something that’s supposed to be about Aretha Franklin became, I thought, in many ways about some of these gentlemen who were right behind."
Kelly Jane Torrance, an editor at The Weekly Standard, noted that mainstream media outlets cropped Farrakhan from pictures on their websites. She called the move "very telling." Meanwhile, Kylie Patterson of the New Leaders Council said she believed Franklin wanted Farrahkan, Sharpton, and Jackson at her funeral.