Fox News recently came under fire for their attempt at remembering the Queen of Soul. Instead of using actual pictures of the beloved songstress, the network mistakenly used an image of fellow music legend Patti LaBelle.
In a video segment dedicated to the songstress, Fox News featured a composite image of Franklin in the foreground along with a faded image of LaBelle in the corner.
Fans immediately called the network out for their mishap and insensitivity. Reeling in the backlash, Fox spokeswoman Jessica Santostefano quickly issued an apology to the family, friends and fans of Aretha Franklin.
In a statement to HuffPost, Santostefano said,"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."
Fox's attempt at an apology didn't go over too well. After some research, Huff Post found that Fox's image of Patti LaBelle came from the 2014 Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House event where she hit the stage alone.
Making matters even worse, Aretha Franklin never joined the stage with Patti LaBelle and they were never photographed together at the event in question.
Take a look at the response to Fox's error below:
Umm, is that Patti LaBelle in the corner? pic.twitter.com/PmUPpgc0zb— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 16, 2018
Thats not Aretha Franklin in the Top Right Image, its Patti LaBelle. ONLY @FoxNews would F up something about a Lengendary African American. Im guessing the *They all Look Alike* BS was involved here. pic.twitter.com/yygYYHpWSg— Ashleigh Clarksson🏳️🌈 Jail the 🍊 Tyrant. (@Shes_Ash) August 16, 2018
1. Fox News,— The Ross Myth (@EBHeater) August 16, 2018
2. Donald Trump and
3. Tim Cook all paid tribute to Aretha Franklin today.
1. Mixed her up w/ Patti LaBelle
2. Would never have rented her an apartment
3. Systemically denied her fair revenue from their music streaming service
Respect, indeed. 🙄
Fox News is its own embarrassing caricature, as they can’t tell the difference between Patti LaBelle, and Aretha Franklin... 🙄— D.M.S.R. Ƭ̵̬̊ (@RealFLYTYE) August 16, 2018
The dis-R-E-S-P-E-C-T. That’s really Patti LaBelle in the corner wtf https://t.co/gGYRbM0Nj7— Gra (@ayeitsgrachelle) August 16, 2018
Fox News mistakes Patti Labelle for Aretha?! WTF is wrong with those people?!!!! pic.twitter.com/amnwbl6PiQ— Belinda 💋벨린다👩🏾💻 (@NewKDramaAddict) August 16, 2018
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