'Do all dark-skinned black women look the same?' New York Times under fire for mistaking Angela Bassett for Omarosa Manigault Newman

Angela Bassett was at the center of much of the Emmy Awards chatter on Monday night after the 60-year-old actress appeared onstage to present an award alongside Tiffany Haddish, looking like she hasn’t aged a bit. But now, she’s fallen victim to some controversy after the New York Times included a mistake in Tuesday morning’s paper, mixing Bassett up with Omarosa Manigault Newman in a photo caption.

Angela Bassett was mislabeled as Omarosa Manigault Newman in the New York Times. (Photo: Getty Images)

Beside a photo of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan accepting the award for lead actress in a comedy series from Haddish and Bassett, the publication printed that it was, in fact, Manigault Newman onstage with the two actresses. And although it’s simply confusing to some, many people online are outraged by the misprint.






At the moment, all fingers are pointed at the world-renowned publication for the mistake. However, the error actually leads back to Getty Images, where Bassett was originally misidentified in a number of photo captions.

Already, the photo agency has corrected the captions and included the following statement: “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Robyn BECK has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [Angela Bassett] instead of [Omarosa Manigault Newman]. […]  We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

The New York Times didn’t immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. However, the publication issued an apology on social media.


Manigault Newman has yet to publicly address the mixup, while Bassett tweeted, “no worries!”


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