Hey, Golden Globes: America Ferrera & Gina Rodriguez Are Not the Same Person

America Ferrera and Gina RodriguezWhile millions will tune in to their favorite award shows, not too many care about the traditional announcement of nominees ... until now. People cannot stop talking about a major goof that happened, when the person handling the Golden Globes Twitter account thought America Ferrera was Gina Rodriguez, during this year's nominee reveal.

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Yes, they're both Latinas, actresses, and beautiful ... but they don't really look alike.

America Ferrera joined Angela Bassett, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Dennis Quaid on stage to announce the nominees for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Taking place at 5:15 a.m. in Beverly Hills, California, everything was going according to script ... except for a series of tweets read around the world, thanks to the person running the @GoldenGlobes Twitter handle mistaking America Ferrera for Gina Rodriguez.

Not good.

What makes this error a pretty big whammy is that the person in charge messed up multiple times (some people on Twitter claim there were a handful of tweets that went out). The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has since issued an apology.

 

Even though the tweets have been deleted, that didn't stop people from noticing -- and throwing in their two cents.

Yes, human error can and will occur. Yes, I'm sure the person in charge of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's social media didn't mean to cause a s**t storm -- but guess what, it happened.

It just looks really bad that the very people in charge of nominations can't differentiate between two Latina actresses. Was there no cheat sheet with Twitter handles, or did the person in charge of that think America was Gina, too? As much as this was likely an honest mistake, I'm reminded of the time when Samuel L. Jackson was mistaken for Laurence Fishburne, and other incidents similar to this one.

Talk about uncomfortable to watch.

Ironically, Gina Rodriguez won the 2015 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy, for her work on Jane the Virgin. In many ways, it was groundbreaking -- considering no Latina had been nominated for a Best Actress Golden Globe since ... America Ferrera, who won in 2007 for Ugly Betty.

Gina is up for another Golden Globe this year.

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If we're truly about celebrating and promoting diversity, the last thing we need on our quest is to fall steps behind with something like this -- especially from the very folks in charge of the accolades. Then again, it does spotlight an issue that many try to sweep under the rug.

 

Images via Jen Lowery / Splash News; Russ Einhorn / Splash News

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