Priscilla Presley says her ex-husband Elvis was “not a racist” because he had a “black friend”

Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley will participate in the photocall for “Elvis” at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.Lionel Khan / Getty Images

  • Priscilla Presley starred in “Piers Morgan Uncensored” to discuss the legacy of her deceased ex-husband.

  • Prisila said Elvis “never had any prejudice,” despite accusations of cultural appropriation.

  • “He was around black people and really liked being around someone,” she said.

Elvis Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla Appeared on Tuesday’s “Piers Morgan Uncensored” Discuss the legacy of the iconic singer.

Asked how Elvis works in “this strange cancel culture,” a 77-year-old businessman said Elvis was “never prejudiced” and “not a racist.”

“He wasn’t a racist. Elvis had friends, black friends, and friends from all over the world,” she said. “He loved their music. He loved their style. He loved to be around, you know, a black musician.”

Prisila quoted the friendship between two black musicians, Fats Domino and Sammy Davis Jr. When Elvis played in Las Vegas, she said, “I’m always in the dressing room.”

“He was around black people and really liked being around someone,” she said.

Prisila and Elvis Presley tilt their heads together on their wedding day.

Prisila and Elvis Presley on their wedding day, May 1, 1967.Betman / Contributor / Getty Images

Prisila also praised Austin Butler as the so-called “King of Rock and Roll” and Baz Luhrmann’s new biography “Elvis” starring Olivia Dejon as Prisila herself. (Famous couple Knotted in 1967 Seven years after dating. He was 31 and she was 21. She said their marriage ended in 1972 due to unfaithfulness on both sides. )

Mainly because the understanding is advanced Cultural appropriationElvis’ heritage is being scrutinized during the movie’s promotional cycle.

Rahman shows how to do that Elvis has historically repackaged the black genre and performance To be a star. Indeed, some of Elvis’ early hits were covers of songs by black artists such as Arthur Crudup’s blues classic “That’s All Right.”

Doja Cat, who was involved in the production of the original song “Vegas” Decided to respect for the movie soundtrack The original version of “Hound Dog” played by Big Mama Thornton Not the Elvis version.

Elvis has also been criticized by black artists in the past. In 2021, Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Quincy Jones said, “I wouldn’t work with him.”

“He was a racist mother-I’m going to shut up now,” Jones said. Hollywood Reporter..

Ray Charles Equally critical of Elvis During a sit-in interview with NBC’s Bob Costas in 1994.

“It’s like a king that Elvis is so wonderful and outstanding … what kind of king is he?” Charles said. “He was playing music like us, so what’s so exciting about me?”

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