Oprah Winfrey loves her some Whoopi Goldberg, but the media mogul doesn’t think they look alike at all. After beauty website TotalBeauty.com shared a since-deleted post that identified Goldberg as Winfrey on the Oscars red carpet, Oprah’s bestie, Gayle King, made it clear the two women are not clones.
After the tweet went viral, King took to Instagram to post a photo of Oprah, 62, shrugging and looking very confused over the comparison. The photo of Oprah was captioned with a mention of the Total Beauty snafu with the caption, “We all love @whoopigoldberg but we don’t all look alike Jeeeze!”
Here’s a shared copy of the tweet that mistakes Whoopi for Oprah Winfrey. The site posted a pic of Whoopi then wrote how cool it is that Oprah is “tatted” up.
— Steven Nelson (@snelsonus) February 29, 2016
The erroneous tweet couldn’t have come at a worse time, amid the #OscarsSoWhite backlash that tarnished this year’s Oscars ceremony. Some Twitter users took offense to Total Beauty’s tweet, questioning if whoever posted the message had ever seen a black person before. The beauty company issued an apology to Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg, and even offered to donate $10,000 to the charity of their choice, but outraged fans are already vowing to boycott the beauty company.
We’d like to apologize to Oprah and Whoopi, as well as everyone we’ve offended. It was our error, and there are no excuses. We’re sorry.
— Total Beauty (@TotalBeauty) February 29, 2016
While Oprah doesn’t think she looks like Whoopi, The View co-host doesn’t seem to be too upset over being mistaken for her. Goldberg told Entertainment Tonight that she could have been “compared to a lot worse people.” She also said that as long as Oprah’s not mad, she is fine with it.
When she was asked about it Monday morning on The View, the comedian chalked the whole mix up as “an honest mistake.” Goldberg even went so far as to say they “could have used an orangutan” to compare her to, so being mistaken for Oprah didn’t bother her at all. In fact, she seemed to think of the case of mistaken identity as more of a compliment than anything.
“They could have used an orangutan and said an orangutan has a new tattoo … I feel pretty good if you’re comparing me to Oprah. Saying I look like Oprah, that’s not a bad thing. It could have been a lot worse.”
— The View (@TheView) February 29, 2016
Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg have had an interesting history together. The former Color Purple co-stars were victims of long-running feud rumors, despite the fact that they didn’t really know what their alleged beef was about. Both women were nominated for Academy Awards for their roles in the 1985 film, but Whoopi was noticeably absent from Oprah’s 2006 Legend’s Ball weekend festivities, which was created to pay tribute to great black women in the arts.
Winfrey and Goldberg they didn’t clear the air on their rumored feud until one of Oprah’s last Oprah Winfrey Show episodes in 2011. Oprah revealed that her former movie co-star finally came up to her and noted that there seemed to be a big disconnect between the two of them. She then asked the talk show host if she had done something to her. Oprah, in turn, revealed that she had thought Whoopi was mad at her for something. Turns out the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding. You know, kind of like Total Beauty’s tweet that mistook Whoopi for Oprah.
In a promo for a behind-the-scenes look at famous The Oprah Winfrey episode, Winfrey says she thinks Goldberg has a problem with her. Check at the video below for a promo about Winfrey and Goldberg’s showdown.
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