Wednesday, January 19, 2022

TV Academy Mixed Up RuPaul and Rickey Minor on Emmy Red Carpet

 

Ricky Minor (L) and RuPaul at the Emmy Awards (Sept. 17, 2017)
Rickey Minor (L) and RuPaul at the Emmy Awards (Sept. 17, 2017)

*For all of the diversity it celebrated during Sunday’s Emmy Awards, the Television Academy made a racial faux pas on the red carpet before the ceremony began, when it mixed up Emmy winner RuPaul with famed musical director Rickey Minor.

While live-tweeting photos from the red carpet ahead of the Emmy Awards, the TV Academy’s Twitter account posted a photo of Minor with the caption, “Shante, you stay, @RuPaul! @RuPaulsDragRace is nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program!”

The tweet was quickly removed and replaced with a photo of RuPaul and the same caption, but not before social media had its say.

The mixup is even more vexing considering RuPaul starred in a sketch with Emmy host Stephen Colbert during the telecast, donning gold makeup to play the living personification of the Emmy statue.

In a statement to Variety, Minor said, “We might look similar with our bald heads but I could never pass for Ms. Emmy. RuPaul killed that scene with Stephen Colbert. I was laughing my face off. Besides, I don’t look that good in a dress.”

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