Oprah Winfrey did not like the fact that Whoopi Goldberg was mistaken for her. Style Blog Total Beauty posted on Twitter with caption, “We had no idea @Oprah was #tatted, and we love it,” Entertainment Weekly has reported.
The tweet was up for at least an hour. The reaction from Oprah came when Gayle King took a picture with Oprah and posted it on her Instagram. “@Oprah & favorite daughter watching #Oscars & seeing @totalbeautyeditors snafu! We all love @whoopigoldberg but we don’t all look alike Jeeeze!”
The post caused a lot of uproar on social media. After Gayle King posted the picture, a lot of fans tweeted in support of Oprah. “That company must be full of racists…I say boycott and riot!,” indubitably_mcginnis said. User tippykate12 said, “My 9yr old daughter said the same thing, only difference is… SHE’S 9…. What absolute idiots…. Although both amazing women none the less.” Another user, soulfulcravings, said, “How someone does not know Oprah or Whoopi is beyond me – both beautiful, famous, and look nothing alike lol.”
The error also inspired the hashtag #ThatsNotOprah. This was done at a time when the issue of racial diversity is at the center stage at the Academy Awards.
Total Beauty has since issued an apology. The blog accepted that it was their own error and that there are no excuses. However, the blog also offered to donate $10,000 to charities chosen by Goldberg and Winfrey.
“We’d like to apologize to Oprah and Whoopi, as well as everyone we’ve offended,” the brand said in a tweet, which has received over 1,000 likes. “It was our error, and there are no excuses. We’re sorry.” According to their Twitter account, the beauty blog is offering to donate $10,000 to charities chosen by Goldberg and Winfrey.
However, this is not the first time a media person has confused two black actors.
In a televised interview by KTLA in 2014, the anchor mistook Samuel L. Jackson for Laurence Fishburne, the Hollywood Reporter had said. The anchor asked Jackson about the Super Bowl commercial, to which Jackson replied,”What Super Bowl commercial.” The anchor then realized he had actually mistaken him for Laurence Fishburne.
Jackson then said, “I’m not Laurence Fishburne. We don’t all look alike!” He went on to say that they don’t really look like. “We may be all black and famous, but we all don’t look alike,” Jackson continued as Rubin scrambled to apologize.
He then takes the anchor through the commercials he has done.
“There’s more than one black guy doing a commercial. I’m the ‘What’s in your wallet?’ black guy. He’s the car black guy. Morgan Freeman is the other credit card black guy. You only hear his voice, though, so you probably won’t confuse him with Laurence Fishburne. There’s a heavier-weight black guy that’s like putting cash down in the seats in a baseball stadium, but he’s also the black guy that turns off the house, the water and the lights when his kid tells him the house is cool. I’m not that guy either.”
“I’m the other guy … the other one. ‘What’s in your wallet?’ ” Jackson said, referencing his Capital One ads.
The anchor can be seen apologizing and insisting Jackson was right.
“I very much apologize to Samuel L. Jackson and anyone else who was offended for what was a very amateur mistake,” the anchor said.
The anchor offered a written apology in which he said he usually does know what he is talking about and that it was a very “amateur mistake.” He went on to say that he was very embarrassed about it.
Do you think Total Beauty did the right thing by offering to donate $10,000 to charities backed by Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg?
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