Oscars 2016: Company cops backlash for confusing Oprah with Whoopi

— Who knew a tattoo could lead to such an embarrassing gaffe?

That was case during the Oscars Sunday when a beauty website attempted to pay a compliment — and it went terribly wrong.

In a tweet commenting on celebrity red carpet looks, the company, Total Beauty, confused comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg, 60, with media mogul Oprah Winfrey, 62.

Total Beauty, a Los Angeles-based company that posts fitness tips, tweeted a picture of Goldberg on the red carpet at the 88th Academy Awards, her tattooed shoulder on display, along with the caption: “We had no idea @Oprah was #tatted, and we love it…”

In a year in which Hollywood’s treatment of racial issues has been under the spotlight, social media reaction to the blunder — confusing two powerful African-American women in the media — was swift and merciless.

The tweet was swiftly deleted, but not before critics had had their say.

“(H)ave you even seen a black person before?” asked one Twitter user.

“You could not have picked a worse year for a gaffe like this one. #OscarsSoWhite,” tweeted Steven Nelson, professor of African and African American art history at UCLA, referring to the diversity controversy that overshadowed the ceremony.

In an apology tweet, Total Beauty company said: “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.”

It subsequently tweeted it would use the mistake as an opportunity to donate $10,000 to a charity of Goldberg and Winfrey’s choice.

What did Winfrey make of the embarrassing mix-up?

Her best friend and CBS “This Morning” co-host Gayle King took to Instagram, showing Winfrey looking puzzled while holding a cellphone with Goldberg’s picture.

The caption read: “@Oprah & favorite daughter watching #Oscars & seeing @totalbeauty snafu! We all love @whoopigoldberg but we don’t all look alike Jeeeze!”

So far, there’s been no comment from Goldberg on the error.

ABC stands behind Raven-Symone as online petition racks up signatures

— Raven-Symone, the former Disney Channel star turned daytime talk show co-host, has enraged viewers and nonviewers of ABC’s “The View” with some of her opinions, and the backlash is growing.

Thousands signed a petition on Change.org addressed to “View” creator and executive producer Barbara Walters to fire Symone.

As of Sunday, the petition had more than 125,000 signatures.

But ABC is not buckling to the pressure, and the network is standing behind the co-host. Symone is “a great addition” to the show, a network spokesperson told CNN.

Symone has gotten a lot of heat for controversial comments she has made so far this season. Recently, the co-host faced backlash on social media after saying she would not hire a person who had a “ghetto” name.

“I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen,” she said on the show.

Symone also got into a debate with co-host Candace Cameron Bure over religious liberty, when they argued over a bakery’s refusal to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. She also made divisive remarks about the arrest of a teenager in a South Carolina classroom where a police officer aggressively removed the student from her desk.

The petition letter reads, “Raven Symone has been spouting her ignorant and self hating spiel on the view for Long enough, from stating that she wouldn’t hire somebody for having a ghetto name, to openly complaining about reverse racism, the final straw was her comment about the recent viral video of the school police officer assaulting the student, where Raven Symone said “get off your phone in school then”. African Americans and black people around the diaspora need a voice representative of their views and not a voice representative of what white people want us to say. We need strong black rolemodels in prominent positions on television an Raven Symone cannot provide that. That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from The View.”

The network went on to say in a statement sent to CNN, “We love Raven. She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”

Raven-Symone joined “The View” for its 19th season this year, along with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Michelle Collins and Candace Cameron Bure.

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