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While running a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin ‘Queen Of Soul,’ Fox news mistakenly mistook Philly soul legend Patti LaBelle for the late singer.
The tribute featured clips of Aretha Franklin from across her career, while Patti LaBelle shows up in the upper right-hand corner of a collage featuring Aretha. Someone on Fox News graphic team could not tell and did not know who is the ‘Queen Of Soul.’ The mixup should not have occurred especially knowing the two had a longstanding rivalry with one another.
Umm, is that Patti LaBelle in the corner? pic.twitter.com/PmUPpgc0zb
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 16, 2018
The image of Patti is from a 2014 episode of the PBS Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House special where she sang “Over the Rainbow” to President Obama. Fox News has since apologized for their mistake, explaining that it was a design error.
“We sincerely apologize to Aretha Fraklin’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,” Jessica Santostefano, Vice President, Media Desk at Fox News told The Wrap.
Aretha was a part of the same 2014 Special lineup with Patti, where they were also joined by Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe, and Jill Scott.
Source: Yahoo Entertainment
Written By: Fantasia Harvey