On Friday, August 31, those who knew and loved her gathered for Aretha Franklin's funeral. During the service, Bishop Charles Ellis II singled out Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who was present in the congregation, bringing attention to her repeated insults from President Trump on Twitter:
Everybody just point over there and tell her 'We got your back. Come on, say it so everybody can hear you out there, 'We got your back!'
Peak Blackness has been officially reached after Auntie Maxine has done the Wakanda salute during #ArethaHomegoing. https://t.co/Xpjgh7xVMv— Ernest Owens (@Ernest Owens)1535738182.0
Waters acknowledged Ellis's message by standing and giving the Wakandan salute from the mega-hit Marvel movie Black Panther. The crowd went wild!
A standing ovation for Auntie Maxine. Also did she hit us with the Wakanda Forever!?#ArethaHomegoing https://t.co/98rHUIgMS6— Makho Ndlovu (@Makho Ndlovu)1535737373.0
Twitter most definitely had Congresswoman Waters's back.
Mrs. Maxine. Wakanda Forever, Yes! #ArethaHomegoing https://t.co/IuVKLHQDGJ— Candice 'CP' (@Candice 'CP')1535738208.0
There's nothing quite like one icon referencing another.
Maxine Waters doing the Wakanda Forever salute at Aretha Franklin’s funeral is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. #ArethaHomegoing— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report)1535751675.0
maxine waters just wakanda saluted... we're out here.— Scott Johnson (@Scott Johnson)1535737347.0
@APEntertainment Yo Auntie Waters is a straight up savage! WAKANDA FOREVER!— The Shadowy Figure (@The Shadowy Figure)1535804410.0
"Auntie Maxine" giving the salute was one of many memorable moments from the Queen of Soul's funeral.
Auntie Maxine just did the Wakanda Forever salute at #ArethaHomegoing & gave me life https://t.co/Q8WVEpN8my— Keirsten (@Keirsten)1535737654.0
I'm Maxine Waters doing the wakanda salute at a funeral.— king crissle (@king crissle)1535737304.0
@APEntertainment https://t.co/KSoVShsPR1— Kamesha Williams (@Kamesha Williams)1535754280.0
Some online doubted her gesture was actually a reference to Wakanda.
@APEntertainment @AP That wasn't about Wakanda. It was a hug gesture in response to the people's gratitude. This is… https://t.co/UztMou0G30— Chemington Steele (@Chemington Steele)1535752889.0
The amount of people who think that Rep. Maxine Waters did a "Wakanda Forever" tribute at Aretha Franklin's funeral… https://t.co/KoE16AGdm6— Call me Snake #FilmExiles (@Call me Snake #FilmExiles)1535775500.0
@thehill That is ASL for love fools.— Jim Fishbob Geraghty (@Jim Fishbob Geraghty)1535803596.0
But, either way, Congresswoman waters is a winner in Twitter's books.
@APEntertainment Awesome 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼♥️♥️ Thank you for your service and fight for all Americans.. #WakandaForever— will j (@will j)1535753610.0
@wsbtv California loves Auntie Maxine every day she represents the nation on our behalf!— HandMadeinCalifornia (@HandMadeinCalifornia)1535825166.0
(Plus, many continue to believe she's Wakandan royalty, no matter what the sketpics say.)
My congresswoman @RepMaxineWaters is at Aretha Franklin's funeral given the WAKANDA FOREVER salute! Haha! That's m… https://t.co/YUuHAzInhM— Mr. Random (@Mr. Random)1535737447.0
@RepMaxineWaters giving the Wakanda Forever salute at Aretha's Homegoing is what America needs. #IloveUs #ArethaHomegoing— N.Ashford (@N.Ashford)1535737429.0
did maxine waters just do the wakanda salute?? #ArethaHomegoing https://t.co/Hc1HyknIBQ— endora bullshit (@endora bullshit)1535737393.0