OPRAH Winfrey has hit back at a magazine who mistook Whoopi Goldberg for her at the Oscars in a tweet that blasted: “We don’t all loook alike!”
Total Beauty posted a photo of actress Whoopi Goldberg arriving on the red carpet and, referring to her tattoos, wrote: “We had no idea @Oprah was #tatted, and we love it.”
The embarrassing gaffe came at this year’s event was already at the centre of a race storm with no black actors nominated for any awards.
In a photo posted on Instagram by her best friend Gayle King, Oprah sports a mock puzzled look while King’s daughter Kirby Bumpus holds up the offending tweet on her phone.
Captioning the photo, Gayle wrote:” @Oprah & favorite daughter watching #Oscars & seeing@totalbeautyeditors snafu! We all love@whoopigoldberg but we don’t all look alike Jeeeze!”
Total Beauty deleted the photo once they’d realised their mistake and posted a tweet that read: “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.”
But by then the damage was done and the publication was soon bombarded with tweets pulling them up on their mistake.
User Jenny Paul wrote: “Jesus. You actually mistook Whoopi for Oprah? That’s what happened when you let the 10 yr old intern tweet.”
Another user called Cherrom Lampkins added: “Future reference… Remember, all black people do not look alike.”
One took the opportunity to make a comical dig comparing Whoopi to a famous white actress and wrote: “That’s not Oprah, that’s Meryl.”
And another called Kid Fury thought it would be funny to mix up white actresses and posted a snap of Lady Gaga on the red carpet and wrote: “Helen Mirren in all white.”
This year’s Oscars have been marred by a race row over a virtually all-white set of Oscar nominees which prompted Will Smith and Spike Lee – who, ironically was given the Academy Honorary Award – to boycott the ceremony.