Fox News Used A Photo Of Patti LaBelle In An Aretha Franklin Tribute - Should we expect any less? (BET link): Tributes have been pouring in after in honor of late soul music icon Aretha Franklin. Fox News recently came under fire for their attempt at remembering the Queen of Soul. Instead of using actual pictures of the beloved songstress, the network mistakenly used an image of fellow music legend Patti LaBelle.
In a video segment dedicated to the songstress, Fox News featured a composite image of Franklin in the foreground along with a faded image of LaBelle in the corner.
Fans immediately called the network out for their mishap and insensitivity. Reeling in the backlash, Fox spokeswoman Jessica Santostefano quickly issued an apology to the family, friends and fans of Aretha Franklin.
In a statement to HuffPost, Santostefano said,"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends. Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret."
Fox's attempt at an apology didn't go over too well. After some research, Huff Post found that Fox's image of Patti LaBelle came from the 2014 Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House event where she hit the stage alone.
Making matters even worse, Aretha Franklin never joined the stage with Patti LaBelle and they were never photographed together at the event in question.
The segment featured a composite image that shows Franklin in the foreground and a faded, smaller image of LaBelle in the upper right corner.
“We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends,” Jessica Santostefano, Fox News’ vice president, media desk, said in a statement. “Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret.”
What makes the apology so perplexing is that the image of LaBelle used in the video for Franklin is one of LaBelle performing by herself.
The image of LaBelle is from the 2014 event “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House.” While it featured the likes of Franklin along with Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Janelle Monáe, Tessanne Chin and Ariana Grande, at no time did Franklin and LaBelle share the stage.
Santostefano noted that Franklin’s name is in the description of the image, but it’s pretty clear that the singer herself is not in the photo.
The “Chain of Fools” singer even snubbed LaBelle that night and refused her touch when the two passed one another. So Fox News’ excuse that they wanted to include an image of the iconic singers performing together seems ... off.
Most outlets have made a mistake on a photo or caption at some point in time, but Fox News’ supposed explanation raises more questions than it answers.