Today the world mourns the loss of one of the all-time musical greats, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
Over on Fox News, they marked the occasion with a photo of… Patti LaBelle.
Now don’t get us wrong — we love us some Patti, but someone on Fox’s editing team is going to have a long drive home tonight.
The slipup occurred during a video that featured highlights from Franklin’s life and career.
At the 3:30 mark, an image of Franklin appears with the text “1942-2018” superimposed over another image of a singer.
That second image just so happens to be Patti LaBelle from her 2014 “Over the Rainbow” performance for then-president Barack Obama.
Meanwhile, here’s what LaBelle had to say about the loss of Franklin:
Rest in peace Aretha. ? pic.twitter.com/QT7HeY5SIf
— Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti) August 16, 2018
Fox News has yet to acknowledge the error, but social media sure has, including Drag Race star Jasmine Masters:
@foxnews @foxnews411 hey luv the beautiful lady in the lovely green coat sign in the background is not Aretha Franklin its @mspattilabelle pls find some who knows the difference in black women. They do not look the same. Lol. How much weed are u guys smoking over there jush lol get it right or its it something stronger
Here are some more responses:
WHY would Fox News be petty and use this pic of Aretha and add Patti LaBelle in the background?!! pic.twitter.com/vruO5Fm4vh
— PETUNIA (@Vince_Aries) August 16, 2018
— Hugh Jasoul (@HughJasoull) August 16, 2018
— Bad Fox Graphics (@BadFoxGraphics) August 16, 2018
It seems @FoxNews used an image of Patti LaBelle, thinking it was Aretha Franklin.
This is why the correct name for Fox is #FauxNews.
— ???????? ?.?. ???? (@sextoyspolitics) August 16, 2018
Because of course Fox News mixes up Aretha Franklin & Patti LaBelle. pic.twitter.com/zIXvD2282B
— Chris Strider (@stridinstrider) August 16, 2018