Granted, Whitney Houston wasn’t as bubbly and femme as, say, Mariah Carey but we’re pretty sure she was a bio-girl.Apparently producers at CNN thought the late singer-actress was actually a female impersonator from Berlin.
On the July 6 episode of his CNN talk show, Piers Morgan was talking to LL Cool J about Houston when programmers flashed some B-roll of the Grammy winner performing.
But as TMZ points out, the clip they ran actually wasn’t of Houston—it was of Ikenna Beney Amaechi, a drag queen who’s been performing as Houston for more than two decades. “I was just sitting at home and at first I didn’t realize it, but then it hit me like BOOM! It wasn’t Whitney—It was me!” Amaechi says. “I feel very honored that I was mistaken for the real Whitney Houston on CNN. Is there even a bigger compliment for a tribute artist?!”
We can’t fault CNN producers too much—the similarity is uncanny. But which would Cool J would like more—Amaechi or the real Whitney? There were those rumors some years back, after all.