“This tweet about Whoopi Goldberg was not a joke, unfortunately” links

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This @TotalBeauty tweet about Whoopi Goldberg was not a joke. [LaineyGossip]
Jared Leto’s Oscar look was pretty bad. [Dlisted]
Royal round-up of the week! [Go Fug Yourself]
Gods of Egypt bombed at the box office & the director blamed the critics. [Pajiba]
#BearSoRobbed is the new #OscarsSoWhite. [Jezebel]
Sam Smith was not the first gay person to win an Oscar. [Buzzfeed]
Here’s Caitlyn Jenner’s first MAC Cosmetics ad. [OMG Blog]
Emmanuelle Chriqui looks very pretty here. [Popoholic]
Kylie Minogue is not here for Kylie Jenner’s trademark. [The Blemish]
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t know how to behave at the Oscars. [Celebslam]
Tyga needs to shut it. [Reality Tea]
Fifty Shades of Grey won all the Razzies! [Wonderwall]


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  1. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    Same old, same old.

    Nonwhite celebrity mistaken for other nonwhite celebrity they look nothing like.

    Serious question tho, how do you know how to run a social media campaign on the internet for a company but are totally oblivious to a major figure like Oprah?

    • Mia4s says:

      No way, not same old, this is worse! This is stunningly awful!

      Usually it’s two singers or actors we might know (might have seen some of their work). Recognizable, but rarely general public famous. Your grandmother would never have heard of either. Still terrible since it’s the media’s job…

      …But Oprah and Whoopi???!? They’re People’s Choice Award famous. They’re my 84 year old grandmother knows them famous! Blind people know the difference famous! WTF!?!?

      • Josefina says:

        Yeah, I’m thinking they actually did this on purpose to get attention. Come on now – Whoopi and Oprah are both ridiculously famous.

      • anne says:

        Ok – now I understand why people are reacting to this.

        I saw the tweet. i assumed it was some young girl in a social media position who doesn’t know pop culture. i just ignored it.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        How does anybody know this wasn’t a joke? I think it was.

        What wasn’t a joke was when Rosie O’Donnell mistook Sting for Phil Collins on her show. THAT was funny and so emabarrassing, I felt bad for her. Girl needed to do her homework.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      In France,a journalist thought that Chris Brown was the Oscars host and confused Isla Fisher with Amy Adams .

      • Kitten says:

        Honestly, sometimes I confuse Amy Adams and Isla Fischer.

      • perplexed says:

        I think Isla Fisher and Amy Adams really do look remarkably alike.

        But I don’t think Whoopi looks like Oprah. (Oprah is so famous I don’t really get how she could be confused with anyone else). And I have no idea how anyone would confuse Chris Brown with Chris Rock, if you’re supposed to be a journalist who is supposed to more informed than other people.

      • K says:

        I confuse Amy Adams and Isla Fischer all the time! They look nearly identical. There are some blonde actresses/actors I do it to also.

        This is insane though Oprah ans Whoopie look nothing alike.

      • paolanqar says:

        I’ll hang my head in shame but…. I too sometimes confuse Amy Adams and Isla Fisher. And Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain. And Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman. And Javier Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

      • Charlotte15 says:

        @Paolanqar, I also confuse all of those people that you listed! (And a few others.) But if it was our JOB to run a social media account covering celebrities, we would double-check before posting anything.

        This is also disgraceful that this happens this year out of all years — whoever tweeted this couldn’t tell two black women apart. I mean, I can see confusing Amy Adams and Isla Fisher, but OPRAH??! Come on!

      • QQ says:

        Personally I call em AmyIslaJessicaFisherChastainAdams, Same Girls but it’s cause they are all samey Vibe, Bryce Dallas Howard is in that samey vicinity

        but anyways the true Last Laugh was had by Black Twitter, they spent the night calling all the white folks the wrong name on Purpose, Like Kid Fury Timelime had me in TEARRRSSS

      • milietan says:

        Yeah, can we not insert a racism outrage where there doesn’t need to be one?? I live in Korea, and Koreans confuse white people, and white people confuse Koreans for each other, and French people confuse redheads. So, when people have the same color hair and skin tone, it just happens. It’s not racism, people!

      • Greenieweenie says:

        I confuse a lot of blonde actresses. After a while they really do all look the same. However, Whoopi famously HAS NO EYEBROWS and has dreds. Not sure where you cook Oprah up between those two.

        There are like 3 actresses that are interchangeable with Jud Apatow’s wife. I think the wife is Leslie Mann. Another is Judy Greer. And there’s a third but couldn’t remember the name if you paid me. Can never tell them apart. Maybe I’m so confused there isn’t even a third.

      • qwerty says:

        >And Javier Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

        For years I was honestly not aware these were 2 different people. Same with Isla and Amy. Jessica Chastain I’ll never confuse with anyone cause she the best freaking actress out there. Well Amy is amazing too… but off duty she has that look that’s so bland – which is actually a compliement where acting is concerned. She’s a chameleon, imo.

        I’m terrible with faces and mostly rely on people’s colouring and unusual features – if you change your hair or take off the thick glasses that I used to remember you by then you might as well wear a mask to me. I mean I’m not gonna pass by my own mother on the street lol (there are people like that) but it’s not great, I’ve had situations where I mistook a stranger for a person I used to see & talk to face-to-face every week for like 2 years, waited by the entrance to greet her in a supermarket and she was like “Umm wtf?”. I also used to live right next to my favouritest-ever-teacher from childhood and was unaware of it cause she went blonde from red lol. Apart from that, no change in weight or anything…
        So even though I know this is obviously not the case usually with this type of mistakes – for me it really is because Black/Asian people are much harder to tell apart because their colouring is much less varied than in white folks. Even with them, if I’m watching a film with 2 main characters and they’re both pale and dark-haired, there better be someone sitting next to me to tell me which one is in which scene, otherwise I’m lost lmao. This is not very PC to admit but it is very dificcult for me to follow, say, a Japanese film where everyone, literally everyone has black straight hair and pale skin. I know what freaking Oprah looks like though!

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Seriously that is the question. And also does this mean Oprah is fading in popular consciousness, as a social media coordinator may … just speculating here … be more likely to be young (and white and no guess as to male or female). Still no excuse: check the photo ID, do a quick online search. Further proof that “communications” and “journalism” can be worlds apart.

      • perplexed says:

        I don’t think she’s fading. They knew her actual name, which suggests some knowledge of her existence — I just have no idea how they mixed her up appearance with Whoopi’s. They have completely different faces, and are both really famous. Even my parents who don’t care about celebrities at all know which one is which.

      • nn says:

        They were just trolling. Typical clickbait, free publicity that they love to do.

    • Dangles says:

      I keep forgetting which Helmsworth is with Miley Cyrus.

  2. nicegirl says:

    Wowza, that octopus (?) ring is gorgeous. I love that Whoopi owns her style.

    And I cannot BELIEVE that anyone would mistake Whoopi for Oprah. Do they confuse Kate Winslet with Amy Adams?


    • Illyra says:

      Yeah the octopus ring/bracelet is cool, I’ve seen it (or one very much like it) on Pinterest a lot.

    • supposedtobeworking says:

      I haven’t watched the View in like 6 years, but I loved Whoopi’s shoes. She has an amazing shoe collection.

  3. Mia V. says:

    Kylie Minogue throwing shade at Kylie Jenner is one of the best things ever.

  4. Megan says:

    Whoopi looks incredible

  5. lucy2 says:

    That Whoopi tweet!
    Apparently the E commentators were going on about Tilda Swinton…except it turned out to be costume designer Sandy Powell. I also saw a fashion gallery label Jennifer Jason Leigh (a nominee!) as Kyra Sedgwick (not even there!). Nice reporting, everyone.

  6. tealily says:

    HUSH. I loved Jared Leto’s look!

  7. Bitchy architect says:

    E online didbt even know who Mark Rylance was. Like is it that hard to research the nominees? But of course they made all sorts of commentary about all sorts of talentless randoms. That’s when I decided to stop watching and that I’d rather drink beers on the deck with the hubby.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s terrible! There are only 20 acting nominees, and this handy thing called the internet.
      Love your name.

  8. Jacqueline says:

    So, Tiraji Henson can call Coldplay Maroon 5 and it’s hilarious. But someone confuses Whoopi with Oprah and it’s a racial thing. People need to get over being offended at mistakes and lose the knee-jerk reaction.

    • perplexed says:

      Isn’t that site a media company of some kind though? How can you run a media company and not know who Oprah is? Obviously, you’re going to be held to a higher standard of knowledge if you’re trying to some form of “journalism”.

      Tiraji Henson, posting as a “civilian”, most likely doesn’t have a fact-checker on hand to proofread her posts. But a site like that most likely would have someone proofreading for errors. So the mistake shouldn’t have gotten through. Plus, Oprah is super-duper famous as an individual. Coldplay and Maroon 5 are groups of men that you listen to on the radio, not necessarily individual people whose faces you might see on tv on a fairly regular basis.

    • Londerland says:

      I thought it was pretty clear Taraji was joking – like, “boring bland bands playing crappy whiny music, all the same, boring, move on”.

      Whereas this tweet up here is just genuine idiocy and unprofessional. This outlet, or whoever tweets for them, should at least be able to tell the difference between Oprah and Whoopi, for God’s sake. They’re either too dumb to know or they just don’t care.

      • word says:

        Actually, Taraji admitted she was not joking and really got the two bands confused. She was embarrassed about it.

    • Bridget says:

      Maroon 5 and Coldplay are both kind of generic pop-rock bands, that’s how Taraji confused them.

      Oprah and Whoopie are both black women, and that’s why the above outlet confused them.

      If you still don’t get the difference, that makes me sad.

      • Illyra says:

        Coldplay and Maroon 5 really don’t look or sound much alike though (not to me anyway), so it’s not THAT different. What if someone had mixed up two black R&B artists? Would that have been offensive?

        I don’t think any of these are a big deal. People get confused sometimes… who cares.

  9. InvaderTak says:

    They also left out Abe Vigoda in the memorandum video. Are the people running this seriously this out of touch?

  10. Chinoiserie says:

    Sam Smith was kind of embarrassing thinking that the Ian MacKellen comment was accurate without fact checking, I certainly knew there was other openly gay people that had won before. I mean I thought everyone knew that Elton John won for Lion King (or maybe it is just me since I am a Disney fan lol).

    • Mia4s says:

      MacKellan was only talking about actors. Smith misread (or read it as he wanted to) and tried to make himself important. There have been numerous openly gay Oscar winners, in music and screenwriting in particular. When told the first was musician Howard Ashman, Smith assumed he was the second and remarked that he and Ashman should date.

      Mr. Ashman died years ago.

      Smith is an idiot.

    • Guesto says:

      Absolutely no. Ian McKellen’s comment was entirely accurate. He talked specifically about ‘Best Actor’ since that’s the category he would feel (entirely rightly) to be considered for.

      And Sam Smith, if he wasn’t such a self-obsessed dick, would have known this.

    • Naya says:

      I love that he made that utterly stupid gaffe coz now we have Dustin Lance Black slapping back with some home wrecker insinuations. On the left side of the ring; a self absorbed screeching pop star who is clueless about his own industry (comeon, how did he not at least know about Elton?) and on the right side of the ring; a middle aged man who hooked up with a sheltered 19 year old boy whose dad had just died and is now deathly insecure that a younger more current star is texting him. Fight, fight, fight…..

    • lucy2 says:

      It was really unfortunate he made such a big deal about it in his speech, when he was factually wrong. I guess he didn’t actually read Ian’s remarks, just heard part of it and ran with it? Not good ever, but certainly not for an Oscars speech.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        My friend had a funny tweet in her timeline re: Sam Smith, saying we can’t get mad at him because he obviously hasn’t eaten in weeks. Ok poor taste yes but he annoys me anyway.

  11. Original Kay says:

    I don’t watch the oscars. Was there no diversity at all? Not even the red carpet?
    I wonder because, while this site is progressive, all the Oscar women on the header photos are white. Every single one. Or is Sophia the token?
    Even when Thandie was there and could have been used, she wasn’t

    So white oscars? So white everywhere.

    Come on people , practice what you preach.

    • AlmondJoy says:

      I was thinking the same thing.

      I feel unusually disappointed with so many things this morning. I can’t really put it into words.

    • word says:

      There was some mix of diversity when it came to presenters. Mindy Kaling, Priyanka Chopra, Dev Patel, Michael B Jordan, etc. I was disappointed with the lack of Hispanic, East Asian, etc. presenters.

    • Ennie says:

      There were Mexican and Chilean winners, and some from other parts of the world

  12. Jwoolman says:

    Whoopi has such a distinctive face and smile, even I have no trouble recognizing her when she’s dressed and hair done differently than her usual (as is the case here). And I’m terrible at recognizing people (voices and body language are the most distinctive part for me).

    • Birdix says:

      oh me too, in terms of recognizing people. Especially men with beards. But never Oprah and Whoopie–that doesn’t make sense. Like confusing Daniel Day Lewis and Brad Pitt.
      Does Oprah have any tattoos? Doesn’t seem her style.

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      I mean, the scary thing is a lot of media outlets are probably being run by millenials now who don’t really have a strong imprint of either of these women. Ok I know Whoopi is on Loose Women, but I don’t know…lately it feels like a lot of this generation is seriously oblivious to anything that happened before 2000 and whatever (goes back to rocking chair!).

  13. Dlo says:

    I want Whoopi s bracelets ring thing she is wearing

  14. KiddVicious says:

    I used to get Al Pacino and Robert De Niro mixed up. I think it’s because they became famous around the same time and starring in the Godfather 2 together didn’t help much. I now know which one is which, but once in awhile I’ll still get mixed up on who was in which movie.

  15. J-Who says:

    Waayy much ado about nothing, my lands. So someone made a mistake. I’m guessing some young intern made a boo-boo and now everyone is on the race wagon, SHOCKER!

  16. Aang says:

    I confuse actors all the time. But not usually ones as famous as Whoopi and Opra. But a younger person might not know either very well.

  17. Marianne says:

    I understand that people make mistakes. Especially if its an actor/musician/whatever that you’re not super familiar with, but this is your job. You should sort of know who the f you’re talking about. And if you dont, then do some research. I mean gettyimages or wireimage (whomever you’re buying photos from) tags the effing the photos. Its not that hard.

  18. pinetree13 says:

    *CRINGE* how on earth did they make that blunder?!?!? SERIOUSLY! SERIOUSLY!?!?!??! On a side note, I love how Whoopi’s tattoo looks subtle on her skin and it makes it seem very sophisticated (i don’t often like tattoos but this one looks great).

    I am also experiencing second hand embarrassment for Sam Smith…what were you thinking?!?!? Why wouldn’t you google to see if any gay actors had one before saying that?! *cringe* the rest of his speech was lovely though.

    Is God’s of Egypt actually bad? It seems like the kind of movie I usually do enjoy at the theater and then forget about. But I rarely get to go out to a movie these days…like once a year…

  19. AG-UK says:

    I think when you are social media , entertainment reporters you need to make a point to do your homework. You’d think someone can fact check quickly. I guess the old saying if in doubt say nothing. Plus every thought that pops into heads is on Twitter.

  20. Suzee says:

    Actors I mix up all the time are Bill Pullman/Bill Paxton/the guy from ‘Dumb and Dumber; Amy Adams/Rachel McAdams; Jessica Chastain/Ron Howard’s daughter

  21. iheartgossip says:

    But, did they do it on purpose? Look at all the attention they’ve garnered.

  22. Kate says:

    If you look at most of the Oscar posts on this page about women in the red carpet, they all have the same color blonde hair and similar facial features.
    So many people in Hollywood either look alike naturally or have the same plastic surgeons.

    That said, Oprah and Whoopie look NOTHING alike!! Love them both but they don’t favor at all

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      I agree they don’t look at all alike but when I saw Whoopi’s dress I did think it looked like something Oprah might wear. NO excuse, obviously, and I do think most non-gossip obsessed types would struggle to tell apart Alicia Vikander from Brie Larsen from Rachel McAdams, I know my Mom would. But Whoopi and Oprah are iconic in their own way, both multiple nominees/Whoopi an Oscar winner obviously so it’s particularly relevant to this years Oscars So White problem.

      • Kate says:

        Yeah, I scrolled through a fashion slideshow just looking at dresses and not the actresses, and I assumed it was Oprah because it’s such an Oprah dress.

        I suspect a lot of younger people couldn’t pick Whoopi out of a line-up (she peaked before they were born and young people aren’t watching The View) and Oprah’s in somewhat the same boat. My 18yr old niece never saw an episode of Oprah. She knows who she is, but only because older people reference her. It’s still a stupid mistake for anyone to make, but for people saying Oprah and Whoopi are legends, they are, but not the type young interns are likely to be that familiar with.

  23. HeyThere! says:

    Didn’t the actress who plays cookie just mistake Cold Play for maroon 5? Lol And we all laughed about it. Cold Play looks and sounds nothing like maroon 5. I didn’t recognize WG right away from the fact that she is dress up. I can’t believe people are so outraged by this. I can’t tell the difference between half the white actresses out there!

  24. lisa2 says:

    Kind of shows to me how boring this Oscar Night was.. Whoopie and Oprah being mixed up has become a big story.

    Hopefully next year will be far more interesting.

  25. Jwoolman says:

    Next time, Whoopi should bring Oprah as her date and they could pose together on the red carpet….