Angela Bassett puts us all to shame in the aging department in that she just doesn’t age. Well, now she also puts us to shame in being able to not having her head blow off into the next county in a fit of rage over being confused with probably the last person she ever wanted to get mistaken for. The New York Times ran a photo from the Emmys yesterday of Angela and Tiffany Haddish presenting Rachel Brosnahan with her Best Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy…only an early edition of the Times said it was Omarosa Manigault Newmant, y’know, because she’s always taking center stage at the Emmys. Social media handled it about as well as you would expect…but Angela seems to be taking it all in stride!
People notes the whole shit storm was made even worse because Omarosa wasn’t even at the Emmy’s since Most Annoying Media Whore is the kind of trash award they save for the Golden Globes. The Times quickly tried to save its “Fake news!” ass on social media by tweeting out a “We fucked up BIG time” (in so many words) and saying it would be corrected in today’s print edition:
We regret running an incorrect caption from a photo wire service in some early print editions. We will issue a correction in tomorrow's paper.https://t.co/fEezxxXo0M
— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) September 18, 2018
Twitter reacted in as calm and cool a fashion as you might expect, so, naturally, its wig blew off. My favorite was the user who said, “Gorgeous and talented Queen Angela Bassett looks nothing like that other one.” Going forward, anytime I’m pissed AF at someone, they’re just going to be referred to as “that other one.” Others said it would be like captioning George Clooney as Marco Rubio.
Wow @nytimes do all dark skinned black women look the same to your editors?? Gorgeous and talented Queen Angela Bassett looks nothing like that other one. ?? #NYTimes #majoreffup https://t.co/hPx1tlgTQv
— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) September 18, 2018
If there is one person who seemed to take it like a pro, that’s Angela herself who kinda alluded to some behind-the-scenes apologies and dealmaking:
Hey Everybody, no worries! xoAng pic.twitter.com/iPq2uQVy4I
— Angela Bassett (@ImAngelaBassett) September 18, 2018
Angela has been vocal about racism she and her family, including her 12-year-old kids, have endured over the years, so that seems like a mighty fine and subdued reaction to have. Well, unless “it’s handled” means that if she so much as appears in a 2am infomercial for the Magic Eraser, the Times will do a front-page feature on it. In that case, bravo, Ang!