Fox News aired a photograph of Patti LaBelle of their tribute of Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday in Detroit after battling pancreatic most cancers.
The community posted a video honoring Franklin’s life, however in a single nonetheless, captured by customers on Twitter, there’s a picture of Patti LaBelle.
Umm, is that Patti LaBelle within the nook? pic.twitter.com/PmUPpgc0zb
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 16, 2018
The community used a picture taken from LaBelle’s 2014 efficiency of “Someplace Over the Rainbow” for President Barack Obama.
In a press release, obtained by HuffPost, the community apologized for the error.
We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s household and pals,” spokeswoman Jessica Santostefano stated in a press release. “Our intention was to honor the icon utilizing a secondary picture of her performing with Patti LaBelle within the full-screen graphic, however the picture of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that course of, which we deeply remorse.”
Social media customers have been much less forgiving of the cable community.
Within the span of seven hours, @FoxNews has lambasted “communist Japan” and confused Patti Labelle for Aretha Franklin, and we’re all kinda similar to, “Yeah, that is Fox.”
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) August 16, 2018
D I S R E S P E C Thttps://t.co/celyDOCnYf
— Apple Chinbolt🍏 (@Apple_Chinbolt) August 16, 2018
WHY would Fox News be petty and use this pic of Aretha and add Patti LaBelle within the background?!! pic.twitter.com/vruO5Fm4vh
— PETUNIA (@Vince_Aries) August 16, 2018
LaBelle took to Twitter to share her condolences over Franklin’s dying.
“I’m deeply saddened in regards to the passing of the Queen of Soul and my sister in music, Aretha Franklin. Right now the world has skilled an incredible loss,” she wrote. “Aretha was a uncommon treasure whose unmatched musical genius helped craft the soundtrack to the lives of so many.”
Relaxation in peace Aretha. ❤ pic.twitter.com/QT7HeY5SIf
— Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti) August 16, 2018