Grapevine: Aretha snaps pics during Broadway show

Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News

Aretha behaving poorly

Last week at a Broadway performance of “The Color Purple” starring Jennifer Hudson, Detroit’s own Aretha Franklin, 73, reportedly ticked off one and all by holding up her cellphone and snapping pictures throughout the first act. According to entertainment reporter Brandon Voss, the Queen of Soul arrived at the performance late with four bodyguards, and was an annoyance ’till intermission. “During the opening number, she began taking photos on her phone, lifting it high and proud, much to the murmuring disgust of those around us,” Voss was quoted in Page Six. But R&B royalty can apparently get away with a lot. A woman who complained later approached Franklin to apologize.

Censorship? That’s so yesterday

PBS host Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. tells the New York Post that he’s over last year’s flap about the show’s controversial decision to edit out the fact that guest Ben Affleck’s ancestor owned slaves. The “Finding Your Roots” flap was one of several embarrassing items to emerge when Wikileaks posted internal Sony emails, including Gates’ note to Sony USA chief Michael Lynton asking advice on whether to honor Affleck’s request to withhold the information — which Gates finally agreed to. “What happened with Ben — I have learned from it. I am over that controversy. That ship has sailed,” Gates, 65, told the Post.

A ‘traditional’ Beckham holiday is just cuter

They may be one of the world’s most famous (and gorgeous) couples, but soccer star and noted underwear model David Beckham, 40, told “BBC Breakfast” Monday morning that Christmas with wife Victoria and their four kids, aged 4-16, is about as normal and unremarkable as it gets. “We open presents, we enjoy ourselves, we have a traditional Christmas dinner,” Beckham was quoted in the Daily Mail. “So we’re exactly the same” as everyone else. Just cuter and way richer.

Tick-tock for Eva?

Former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria, engaged to José “Pepe” Bastón, 47, told People in the current issue that she’s a little desperate over her biological clock. “I just turned 40, so I have thought, ‘Is time running out?’ I should be thinking about (children), but I feel like my life is full.” Still, she added that Bastón’s three kids from a previous marriage “have been such a gift in my life. I don’t feel like we are lacking because we don’t have a baby.”

Tuesday’s birthdays

Miss Mulatto , 17

Ralph Fiennes , 53

Diane Sawyer , 70