by TRN Writers,
Oh, live award shows always give us so many unscripted, embarrassingly human moments. Whether it’s Kanye storming the stage to interrupt at the VMA’s or Steve Harvey declaring the wrong winner, live TV mishaps, well happen. Don’t let the “live TV” moment fool you because if you miss it, the moment will live on in social media hell.
The Golden Globes brought us such a moment when actor Michael Keaton repeated a tragic mistake made earlier by NBC host Jenna Hager Bush. Both Keaton and Bush apparently confused by two of the year’s biggest all Black cast movies decided to merge the titles into one glaring mistake. Both Bush and Keaton mashed up “Hidden Figures” and “Fences” to give us “Hidden Fences”. “Hidden Figures” stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae in the real life inspired story of how three genius Black women helped send our first astronauts to the moon. “Fences” stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in the story of a Black family in 1950’s America trying to deal with the harshness of life amidst racial tensions and missed opportunities. Two power house films, two amazing stories and two stellar Black casts apparently more than some minds could handle. Perhaps Keaton was busy working on his role as the villain Vulture in the upcoming “Spider Man:Homecoming” to be bothered with seeing what his acting cohorts were up to…or may be he couldn’t clearly read the names and titles on the teleprompter in front of him–he is after all 65 years old. Keaton did at least apologize for the flub, saying humorlessly, “Let’s make this official; I’m sorry, I apologize, I screwed it up” and adding “I’m a horrible person“. Perhaps he should have just let the tweets and memes run their course and kept silent. As for the reporter, she’s on her own—your job is to know information so you don’t get a pass. Especially not from twitter which caught the slip of the lips and was ready to respond. The best posts were those that answered the faux pas by committing more similar mistakes and mashing up more movie and show titles starring Black actors.