Most people were laughing at the video of Samuel Jackson on the CW-affiliate news show KTLA being interviewed about his new film RoboCop. Of course, the film isn’t funny, but rather, the fact that anchor Sam Rubin confused him for Laurence Fishburne–who he looks nothing like. Jackson playfully taunted Rubin and reminded him, “We don’t all look alike!” But this is something that happens all the time in entertainment and media. Black folks who you wouldn’t even think were second cousins or sometimes aren’t even the same gender (remember Idris and Alfre?) get confused for one another both on TV, in the news, and in public. Here are 10 cases that were just a little too foolish for us.
Rihanna and Ashanti
This wasn’t about a similarity in looks as much as it was about Rihanna and Beyoncé being the only singers people talk about in media. Because of this, even when they’re finally talking about someone else, like Ashanti for instance, these ladies are still on their brain. In a story by the New York Post (caught by Gawker, who we will link to a few times in this slideshow) on a stalker Ashanti was dealing with, she was referred to as “Ri Ri” in the title.