The New York Times mixed up Angela Bassett with Omarosa and people are furious

Lowenna Waters
Wednesday 19 September 2018 09:45
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In today's dose of what many are claiming to be 'causal racism', the New York Times has misidentified Angela Bassett as Omarosa in a photo caption, and Twitter is outraged.

The mix up occurred in a caption for a picture taken at the 70th annual Emmy awards, that showed presenters Angela Bassett and Tiffany Haddish presenting The Marvelous Mrs Maisel star Rachen Brosnahan with the 'best actress in comedy' award.

In the caption, the 60-year-old actress and activist Bassett was mistakenly captioned as Omarosa Manigault Newman, the 44-year-old former Apprentice contestant and Trump staffer.

Many were quick to point out the error on Twitter, with Buzzfeed's Julia Reinsten tweeting a photograph of the newspaper with the caption:

oh my god the New York Times mixed up Angela Bassett with Omarosa

Many others were quick to express their outrage at the mix up.

Since the mistake went viral, the New York Times' communication department has issued an apology, saying that it was caused by a mistaken photo wire service caption.

On their official Twitter account they stated:

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.

The actress Angela Bassett has also since responded to the mix up on Twitter, however she doesn't seem to be that phased by the accident.

In a breezy tweet, she wrote:

Hey Everybody, no worries! xoAng

Bassett has previously been outspoken against racism, telling People that her 12-year-old twins have already suffered racist abuse.

Speaking to the magazine's editor-in-chief Jess Cagle, she said:

Even from the age of four, from preschool, they’ve had to deal with — and as crazy as it seems or sounds — colour issues.

She continued:

It makes you gasp and it just squeezes your heart sometimes, because you never want your kids to go through these sort of pain issues.

Or you thought it’d be much later, once they get a firm footing of who they are. 

HT Someecards

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