Well THIS is unsettling! The official Twitter account of the Television Academy apparently didn’t know the difference between Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard, as they welcomed the “Empire’ star onto the red carpet. The only problem was, they claimed it was actually Cuba! Keep reading for more on the shocking gaff.
Ok, this is just SO wrong. The Television Academy — yep, the very people behind the Emmys — was tweeting out highlights from the red carpet arrivals to the big Sept. 18, 2016 ceremony. All seemed lovely until they showed a photo of very sharply dressed Terrence Howard, 47, looking directly at the camera and instead of welcoming the Empire star, they wrote in the caption, “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series nominee @cubagoodingjr at the #Emmys red carpet!” Umm, no. Just no. Both Terrence and Cuba Gooding Jr., 48, have been around forever and there’s no way they could be confused for one another.
While that was a pretty egregious error, at least they caught it right away. About five minutes later, they put up a new post with the same photo, only this time it read, “@terrencehoward is here at the #Emmys red carpet!” According to Buzzfeed, both tweets were briefly up at the same time before the account took down the offending one misidentifying Terrence. Later, the new tweet was also deleted.
As for Cuba, the night didn’t get a whole lot better for him besides the Television Academy thinking he was Terrence. He was up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, where he played the title role. But he ultimately lost to co-star Courtney B. Vance, who played the late Johnnie Cochran, his defense attorney in the “Trial of the Century.”
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about the TV Academy’s big goof? Just an accident or a case of ignorance?