Jenna Bush Hager shed a few tears on Monday morning while apologizing for making one of the biggest flubs of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
While interviewing nominee Pharrell Williams on the red carpet on Sunday afternoon, Jenna mashed up two of the biggest Black movies of the year: Hidden Figures and Fences.
The host accidentally called Hidden Figures “Hidden Fences” and instantly, Black Twitter exploded with comments suggesting the daughter of George W. Bush was racist. While recapping the night on NBC this morning, Hager told her colleagues Al Roker and Natalie Morales, “I had an error in the night, which I have to apologize for.”
She continued, “When I was interviewing the incomparable Pharrell, who I adore, I accidentally—in the electricity of the red carpet, which I have never done before—I called Hidden Figures ‘Hidden Fences.’ I have seen both movies. I thought they were both brilliant.”
An emotional Bush Hager added, “I have interviewed casts from both of the movies. If I offended people, I am deeply sorry. It was a mistake, because you all know, I am not perfect. I am authentic but a human. What I didn’t want to do is make anybody feel lesser than who they are. So, anyway, I hope … I apologized to both the cast, to Pharrell, but it was a mistake and I hope we can all move on.”
Roker defended Jenna and explained that “All of us who know you know your heart and know that was a mistake. Any broadcaster’s been in a live situation and you make a mistake. Look, I forgot Braveheart when I was interviewing MelGibson last night.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 9, 2017
Bush’s apology, however, was wildly different that Michael Keaton’s, who also called Hidden Figures “Hidden Fences” during the live broadcast. But Keaton’s apology was much more lackluster. Basically, he didn’t give AF.
TMZ cameras captured Keaton outside Madeo in West Hollywood after the show and when asked about the mishap, he sarcastically said, “I’m sorry, I apologize, I screwed it up.”
Keaton was then shocked to learn that the moment went viral. “I’m a horrible person,” Michael joked. “I’m going to sleep pretty well.”
Is Hollywood Trying To Make Sterling K. Brown The New Denzel Washington?
Sir Sidney Poitier was a force to be reckoned with in the 60’s and 70’s. Denzel Washington came onto the scene in the late 80’s and instantly stole the hearts of women around the world. And we can’t forget about the Blair Underwoods, Morris Chestnuts and the Shemar Moores of the 90’s.
But while many of these men are still around knocking roles out of the ballpark, we can’t help but notice the push for one major newcomer: Sterling K. Brown.
Although having been in the business for some time, it was Brown’s portrayal of Christopher Darden in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson that really stole the attention of audiences around the nation.
And if that wasn’t enough, Brown became one of the most idolized characters on NBC’s This Is Us, playing a successful Black man in a successful Black marriage, navigating his way though his relationships with siblings.
Now after picking up two Emmy Awards, there seems to be a big push in the media to make Brown the new universal “it” man. Sure he is the ultimate trifecta — ear to ear smile, impeccable acting chops and a banging body.
But there’s a very direct narrative being told. Is Sterling on his way to becoming Hollywood’s new beef cake? Is Hollywood setting the star up to have the same level of celebrity and placement in this bizarre hierarchy as the beloved Denzel?
On Monday, Brown even appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show for the first time somehow ended up with his shirt off.
Sure the popular daytime series had a “reason” behind having the actor ride a tractor without his shirt on … but this is clearly another way of reminding the world that the sex appeal is on point.
Needless to say, nobody will replace the many men who have led the way for stars before them. But there’s no doubt the industry is holding it’s arms wide open for Brown to come running in for the largest embrace of a lifetime.
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