Mae Mae and Her Festive Fune Have Slayed Me

The importance of wills cannot be underestimated. We need to let the folks we leave behind know what we want to happen when we follow the drinking gourd to our Lord. Folks gotta know what we want to do with our assets and how to send us off. The clearer we can make our wishes, the better.

I’m not sure if Miriam “Mae Mae” Burbank of New Orleans requested to be set out like a character in “Weekend in Bernie 45” but her family sent her off with a bang. 53-year old Mae Mae passed on June 1 and her family wanted to celebrate her in death like she lived.

Mae Mae Fune

They embalmed her and sat her up at a table while holding a menthol cigarette and a glass of beer. They put on her good wig, some hater blocker shades, her bingo night ring and other mementos. Oh and you can’t see it here but there’s also a disco ball shining on her.

Chile, I am SLAYED and iCan’t. I lack the ability to CAN. I am unable.

I understand wanting to celebrate and honor someone’s memory but they got Aunty Mae Mae outchea looking like she’s about to play a mean game of spades and cuss her partner out for cutting her. This woman’s rigor mortis is in a squatting position. Is that casket just gonna need to be extra deep.

I ain’t gon lie that I’m a bit creeped out. I might not be coming to this type of fune because I’d spend the entire time wondering what was happening and why it was happening.

When I die, yall better not prop me up with some red pumps, red velvet and rice all around me. NAWL!

Mae Mae is either giving them ghostly high fives for sending her off right or she’s pissed that they got her outchea like this. Her daughters are proud of themselves though so they can have it. They said she was an unforgettable person so she had to sent off in a memorable way. Mission: Accomplished.

So whatcha’ll think of Mae Mae’s homegoing?

Times like this is when you need one of these teeshirts:


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  1. Tera
    June 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I thought it was Miles Davis in a wig for a moment there…

    • MzBhavn
      June 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      ^^^^ I hollered! Now folks at my job are giving me the side-eye and thinking I have finally snapped.

    • June 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      My cat is staring at me because I am SCREAMING.

    • mary burrell
      June 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      I thought the same. I thought it was a drag queen. Sorry, I know i am wrong for this. LOL!

    • Thuglyfe
      July 23, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      IM CRYING!!!!!!! Real life tears at ALL yalls comments!

  2. Lynne
    June 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I need a can of ICAN so I can deal with this PURE DE FOOLISHNESS – all them daughters need they arse whupped real good -cuz Im sure their mother wld have not wanted this and the mortuary need they arse whupped too for even going along with this!!!! SMH YYYYYLAWDYYYYY!!!

  3. Dee
    June 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I guarantee her lips were set like that in life, too.

    • Tosha P
      March 15, 2016 at 11:17 am

      T.O.D : 11:16 am (Memphis time) D.N.R.

  4. Kimyatta
    June 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Luvvie…This is why we can’t have nice things…lol…I saw this today and yeah..all my cans went running out into traffic on I-20…So…now that this has been done..should people specify in their wills that they DO NOT want a service like this? “Y’all know I liked to party, but just cremate me and scatter my ashes at Mardi Gras and throw a lil over Morris Chestnut for me….” Say no to Weekend at Bernie’s 45!!

    • Danielle
      June 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Morris Chestnut?!! HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!! I can’t blame you, though. The man is fine as frog’s hair.

      • Kimyatta
        June 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        Honey…ain’t he though?? ohhhh mercy!!

    • KayMee
      June 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      So many questions and thoughts:
      1. I’ll bet Mae Mae would have LOVED it.
      2. “Throw a lil over Morris Chestnut”. I’m done with you!
      3. Fifty-three is not that old, maybe the smoking and drinking and poor choices might not be the thing to “celebrate”.
      4. That wig!
      5. Of all the wigs…THAT wig?
      6. How much does something like that cost?
      7. Yes, how DO you get the body flat after that?
      8. I would haunt my entire family for the entirety of their lives if they did this ish to me.
      9. So is this being staged in the funeral parlor or at the Elk’s Club?
      10. Even in death…”You can’t outdo Black people”.

      • candigirlindmv
        June 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        Unable to can with you today LMFAO. I surely had #8 in mind; like a friend used to tell me “If I die and have the ability to haunt, I’m gonna tickle your butt hole every time you go to the bathroom”

        • Kimyatta
          June 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm

          Candigirl! Go to the corner! lol…”tickle your butt hole” oh dear goodness…

        • Shatira
          June 28, 2014 at 11:13 pm

          Real tears, ok????

      • Tranell
        June 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm

        #10 pretty much sums it all up – even in death… “You can’t outdo black people”. Point blank and the period. «Tamar voice»

      • Kimyatta
        June 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

        KayMee…The Elk’s club! GIRL STAHP!!!!

      • Lelestilettos
        June 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

        Omg! KayMee I’m screaming!! You are hilarious and so right!!!

      • nichelle
        June 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm

        DEAD at “Even in death, you can’t outdo black people” hhahaaa! i’m over here cackling!

  5. Tiffany
    June 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Nothing about that half a bottle of Jack in the back. Make me wonder if they poured a little out for Mae Mae or if she as working on that pre-demise. RIP wit Biggie and dem Mae Mae. We know you gon be in heaven holding rent parties and bringing the bootleg moonshine!

    • Soleil
      June 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      “in heaven holding rent parties…” i am too through! Every ounce of ICAN is just seeping out of my pores…smdh

  6. Karen
    June 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    A bottle of liquor, a case of beer, and a pack of cigarettes…It seems to me that she died because of the way she lived. Newsflash: 53 is YOUNG!!

    • June 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      WELP – let the truth be told.

    • KWR
      June 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm


    • Kimyatta
      June 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm


  7. June 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I was STEAM-PRESSED and waiting for you to respond to this! HUNEY – Ms Mae Mae was waiting for the people when they arrived! She’s so fancy she drinks her beer from a wine glass. Y’all just hating! LOL!

    • Nikki black
      June 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      That wine glass killed me. That’s her “Friday night fish fry” glass!

  8. June 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Not only did she have Black Jack in the back, but other pictures showed a bottle of Ciroc (peach-flavored, methinks) and some Glenlivet. Mae Mae knew how to live! I know that repast was off the meat rack.

    Seriously, I ain’t mad at her kinfolk. I’d get a kick out of attending a funeral such as this. I will be cremated, so my peeps ain’t got to worry about doing me like this. LOL

  9. Brittni
    June 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Last will & testament of Brittni:

    For my funegro, I would like a family sized bag of Twizzlers (not the little bag, the movie sized bag – and not no damn Red Vines…Twizzlers) set on a silver platter and perched on top of a pillow next to me in bed, as I sit propped up holding my phone (with an open Pinterest app), and Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix on the tv.

    A frosted glass of cold drank should be placed on my bedside table (in case I start to get thirsty – no doubt it’s warm where I’m going

    • KWR
      June 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Duly noted. Your family will be advised. So let it be written. So let it be done.☺

      • RMG
        June 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        *screams* KWR: NOT the quote from Ten Commandments!! Yul Brynner would be proud

    • Kimyatta
      June 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Brittni…that frosted glass…in a warm place?!? lol…HAAAAAA!!!!

    • June 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      My spleen…*hollering*

    • June 13, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      *funeral tears*

    • Kem
      June 14, 2014 at 12:45 am

      gurllll….you must be my long lost twin, sounds just like me errnight!!!!

    • KP
      June 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      “Not no damn Red Vines” LMFAOOOOOOOOOO

  10. Ashbash89
    June 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I don’t mind this. Everything doesn’t have to be traditional, they sent her off with a few of her favorite things. I bet the repast was full of beer, liquor, fried food and a spades tournament…just my type of party. May she RIP.

    • June 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      And the Electric Slide! Or maybe The Wobble.

      • SupaVal
        June 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

        Definitely The Wobble!!!

  11. Lisa
    June 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I CAN’T! imma have nightmares about her ass for the next week!


  12. June 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I knew she was dead before I even read the caption or the post. When did diorama funerals become a thing? The first time I saw something like this was maybe three years ago and it was a young Puerto Rican guy propped up in the corner of his mother’s living room like he was chilling. Since then some folks have gotten just way too creative with these funerals. I have seen bodies on bikes, in recliners, and in a smoker – courtesy of Best Funeral Ever or some such mess on basic cable.

    If I show up at a funeral and see a corpse anywhere other than in a velvet lined casket with that little book reading lamp attached to to inside cover, I am leaving instantly.

    How on Earth would small children react to seeing something like that? You know how kids can be, and it’s a wonder no one went up there and snatched off her wig or shades.

    This troubles me. I think I need to go burn some sage and hum some negro spirituals to get right.

    • Kenya
      June 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Ma’am…..did you say diorama funeral?! You almost made me holler at work.

      • Kenya
        June 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        From another one named Kenya…..I died at the diorama funeral.

        Please spread my ashes at the New Edition concert closest to Hawaii.

        • Kimyatta
          June 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

          Yes ma’am!!!! If Morris Chestnut ain’t available…I’ll take New Edition!!!!

    • Itsben1
      June 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      *pushing up daisies* @ “diarama funeral” I will not with you today! LMAO!!

      • June 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        Oh yes you will. lol

        Like everyone wasn’t thinking the same thing.

  13. StephR
    June 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    *dead* at “got Aunty Mae Mae outchea looking like she’s about to play a mean game of spades and cuss her partner out for cutting her.”

  14. Milaxx
    June 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Look like she got the Phaedra Parks special.

  15. Rampage
    June 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    A couple of things.

    1) Rigor mortis starts to dissipate after about 24 hours. The better question is how did they manage to prop her up. Is Mae Mae glued to the seat?

    2) I wanna know what team helmet is up there. I see myself trolling them after EVERY loss with this picture.

    Seriously, it is up to them. They paid the cost to be the boss. But that does not mean that I cannot point and laugh. Pointing…..there. Now, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

    • Angie
      June 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      I saw on another site that it was a Saints helmet…

  16. Felicia
    June 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I seriously thought she was sitting there waiting for somebody to join her in a game of Spades or something!!! She sitting there double-dog daring somebody to renege! I got my Unable to Can tee-shirt on RIGHT NOW in honor of this post!!

  17. HusnaMonique
    June 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Is this a Pha Pha Phadra Parks production?…

  18. June 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Okay, so I just found a link to the video, and it shows that the family was having a party for real. It also shows other pop-up funerals done by the same folks.


    Her family seemed sincere, but it is still creepy to me.

  19. Heaven
    June 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    But why she look like she had a raspy voice from too much alcohol & cigarettes? And is that a Word Search book on the table? STAHP!!!

    • SupaVal
      June 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      I literally just died!

  20. June 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Luvvie, it’s not for everybody. It’s not the first I’ve seen and not even the first I’ve seen in New Orleans. Wealthy socialite Mickey Easterling (or her estate anyway) rented out the Saenger Theater–a venue where major concerts are held–and sat out in the lobby bedecked in her jewels and a feather boa. And well before that, a local musician known as Uncle Lionel was presented STANDING UP in his brass band attire. It’s not exactly how *I* would want to go out but I can’t knock the ones who do.

  21. sadiqua
    June 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Bingo. Night. Ring.

    *throws phone*

  22. sunniidae
    June 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    This shyt……. is AMAZEBALLS covered in nacho cheeze AWESOMESAUCE!!!! I wouldn’t want this personally, but I bet this funeral was a TRIP!!! #Selfie level: QUANTUM EXPERT!!

  23. Oceangift
    June 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    All I can say is fix it Jesus.
    I am unable to can at “diorama – and This troubles me. I think I need to go burn some sage and hum some negro spirituals to get right”.

  24. Freshie85
    June 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I just saw this & closed my browser. Why aunt mae mae rocking J-Hud’s old wig? Fix it Jesus.

  25. Lifelearner
    June 13, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    How is she not tipping over?

  26. MsMWins
    June 13, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    It’s all fun & games until Mae Mae’s final muscle contraction happens. Folks will be in there pissing themselves.

    • Shimmer
      June 15, 2014 at 12:32 am

      I just died at the thought!

    • June 16, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Madame…Ma-DAME…see, I almost lost it at my desk…almost. But I’m holding strong, resisting the urge to laugh EXTRA hard at this visual.

  27. Posterloverfriend
    June 14, 2014 at 2:56 am

    That VIP Velvet rope though…

  28. jaz
    June 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I have questions. 1) WHY? 2) Did they cut the body in half to be able to prop it up like this?

  29. Jena
    June 15, 2014 at 12:24 am

    The crossword puzzle tho. I can see Ms. Mae now, sittin on her porch, cig hanging out the side of her mouth doing, her crossword puzzles. Pages folded back and errthing.

  30. Lincoln
    June 17, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I thought that was Tyler Perry holding casting calls for the new Madea movie…

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