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Fox News Slammed for Confusing Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle in Botched Tribute

Fox News attempted to pay tribute
to icon Aretha Franklin, who passed away Thursday at age 76, but the network failed.

In a video tribute, viewers noticed that a graphic around the 3-minute 30-second mark had a glaring error, which anyone who understood and appreciated Black culture would have recognized.

The picture of Franklin alongside the text “1942-2018” is accurate. However, the picture in the upper right corner of a woman singing is actually Patti LaBelle.

Fox News issued a statement of apology:

“We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends. Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret.”

However, the image in question was taken during LaBelle’s 2014
performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for former President Barack Obama. Franklin was present at the event, but she did not perform with LaBelle.

Fox News is incorrect, again.

Twitter users, celebrities included, threw down the hammer at the network:

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