Beauty website Total Beauty has come under fire for its gaffe involving Whoopi Goldberg after the site sent out a tweet of Goldberg arriving at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony — but mistakenly captioned the photo as showing Oprah Winfrey, instead.
Total Beauty sent out a tweet at the Oscars’ beginning, praising the woman they thought was Oprah for revealing her extensive tattoos in conjunction with her black gown.
“We had no idea @Oprah was #tatted, and we love it,” Total Beauty stated in its since deleted tweet.
It only took minutes for social media to pounce upon the website’s unfortunately-timed gaffe during an Oscars ceremony already rife with racial controversy.
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After realizing its mistake, Total Beauty proceeded to delete the original tweet and issue an apology to Oprah, Goldberg, and everyone else who was offended by the ill-timed tweet.
We’d like to apologize to Oprah and Whoopi, as well as everyone we’ve offended. It was our error, and there are no excuses. We’re sorry.
— Total Beauty (@TotalBeauty) February 29, 2016
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