Tennis commentators Mary Carillo and Chanda Rubin got themselves in hot water on social media when they confused the legendary Dionne Warwick for the legendary Gladys Knight.
Both women attended the US Open but the video showed Dionne Warwick at the time of the apparent confusion.
Unacceptable, from both of them. pic.twitter.com/kVSTGRslPs
— Novaxx Djokoverit. (@Stevies_Wonder) August 31, 2022
Before we get into the cyclone that the commentators caused on Twitter Chanda Rubin attempted to explain the error.
According to Newsweek Rubin insisted there was an entirely logical explanation to the apparent mistake, namely that she was “initially looking at the court” where she could see Knight, rather than on her monitor, where Warwick was visible.
Let’s just say social media was not buying it
In the video, Rubin can be heard breaking off mid-sentence to point out a celebrity watching from the stands.
“Oh, got some more stars!” she says. “Gladys Knight,” her male co-commentator interjects with. “Gladys Knight!” Rubin repeats. “Hel-lo!” her male colleague says by way of confirmation.
The clip, which seemingly showed the pair confusing the two stars, sparked a wave of angry tweets.
“Dionne literally looks nothing like Gladys Knight. Who are these commentators?” one viewer with another commenting: “Seriously? These announcers didn’t know the difference between Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight?!?!”
Elsewhere, one social media user claimed their “jaw literally dropped” when they saw the incident play out, with another commenting “How dare they!”
Another Twitter user posted side-by-side pictures of the two singers alongside a caption that read: “Dear commentators. On the left is Duchess Dionne Warwick and the right is Lady Gladys Knight.”
Dear commentators. On the left is Duchess Dionne Warwick and the right is Lady Gladys Knight. Fcks (can I buy a vowel) sake. pic.twitter.com/Y4aekrUove
— THEE PainInMyalgia (@tweetysoph86) September 1, 2022
Gladys Knight is here but where are the pips is the question. Obviously. pic.twitter.com/O0xYRKG3Dl
— Pseudo McEnroe (@McEnroeTweets) September 1, 2022
Attorney and Democratic nominee Pam Keith also posted the clip. “I watched it four times looking for Gladys Knight,” she wrote alongside the video. Fellow attorney Christine Jones was equally stunned, writing: “I mean, Gladys Knight was there. They showed her earlier. But, this is Dionne Warwick.”
Political commentator Amieshia Cross joked: “Gladys must’ve been on the midnight train to Georgia. That ain’t her, that’s Dionne Warwick.” Journalist Yashar Ali was stunned, noting that “they said it with such confidence too!”
— kwanza osajyefo (@kwanzer) September 1, 2022