Fox News honored Aretha Franklin’s death with photo of wrong celebrity
Mere hours after Aretha Franklin's passing, Fox News shared a "tribute" online to commemorate the singer's life, but it didn't have the desired effect.
In a tweet that since been deleted, Fox News shared a post with the caption: "BREAKING NEWS: Aretha Franklin, 'Queen of Soul,' dead at 76.
It was accompanied by a video collage of Franklin's life. One of the slides had "Aretha Franklin, Singer, 1942 - 2018" superimposed over a photo of a different singer.
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The photo of LaBelle was taken from a performance four years ago when she performed "Over The Rainbow" for former President Barack Obama.
Fox issued an apology and deleted the tweet but the damage had already been done, and the network now finds itself in the middle of a social media storm.
Bad Fox Graphics sarcastically said that the error is "understandable," subtly indicating that the mix up was racially motivated, and snidely added:
"It sure is confusing, because they're both ... uhh ... excellent singers."
And people think nonwhite people #alllooksame 🙄 RT @kazweida: So you’re telling me Fox News can keep these women straight but manages to confuse Patti LaBelle with Aretha Franklin.— Lynne (@ursamajor) August 16, 2018
I think we all know what that’s about. pic.twitter.com/JcwTcK0IDI
If you watched Fox News today you learned that the United States defeated Communist Japan and Aretha Franklin is Patti LaBelle— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) August 16, 2018
Isha said the Fox News staff is "so narrowly focused on berating African Americans that no one on the production line can tell the difference between two famous singers."
Shortly after Franklin's death, LaBelle said on Twitter that she was "deeply saddened about the passing of the Queen of Soul."
She referred to Franklin as her sister in song added that the world experienced a tremendous loss. She concluded:
Aretha was a rare treasure whose unmatched musical genius helped craft the soundtrack to the lives of so many.