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Tennis legend Serena Williams drew a star-studded set of spectators to her first-spherical U.S. Open match — and presumably final professional event — on Sunday evening time, from former president invoice Clinton and actress Queen Latifah to tennis star Coco Gauff and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
So it wouldn’t have been a complete stretch to decide her buddy Beyoncé — who narrated a mannequin new Gatorade industrial honoring Williams’ legacy — inside the stands too. actually, some watching at residence thought they did.
“#Beyonce on the #USOpen,” tweeted the account @Choni, alongside a video of a Black woman in hoop earrings and a face masks reacting with the group.
solely Queen Bey it was not. As followers recognized — and the distinctive poster quickly clarified — the video actually confirmed Laverne Cox, the actress, Emmy Award-worthwhile producer and LGTBQ advocate.
Cox appeared amused by the combo-up and ensuing response, even reposting the video on her Instagram account.
“Not me getting mistaken for @Beyonce on the #USOpen tonight then trending on Twitter as a consequence of the internet cackles over the mistaken identification,” she wrote. “These tweets are humorous as hell. take pleasure in!!!”
situations of misidentification are typically not humorous. They overwhelmingly plague people of shade inside the office and inside the media, collectively with some latest extreme-profile circumstances — thought of one of which involved Williams herself.
the mannequin the prolonged island occasions mistakenly ran a photograph of her sister Venus subsequent to a narrative about her enterprise agency elevating $111 million earlier this 12 months, prompting Williams to share that she was working to assist founders ignored by biased methods “as a consequence of even i am ignored.”
This particular mistake was greater acquired. Cox did not simply appear to take it in stride however as a praise.
Notably, Cox has made no secret of her admiration for the pop star. simply hours earlier, actually, she had shared a video of herself getting ready for the U.S. Open with a Beyoncé music having fun with inside the background. She’s additionally impersonated Beyoncé up to now — albeit extra deliberately — in a memorable Lip Sync Battle efficiency.
“all people is aware of that I dwell for Beyoncé,” she informed leisure Tonight in 2020. “I try and by no means worship gods on earth, or goddesses, however I worship Beyoncé.”
Many followers shared in that appreciation on-line, tweeting about how flattered Cox ought to be. Some even mentioned that they noticed the resemblance, too.
Choni, who first shared the video, later wrote that they have been starting to imagine the combo-up might “actually be okay,” however would give it 24 hours to see. up to now, that seems to be the case.
sports activities and tradition author David Dennis, Jr. was thought of one of many people who appeared to imagine so. He referred to as Cox the second largest winner of the evening time (after Williams, in spite of all the things, who defeated Danka Kovinic 6-three, 6-three).
“Laverne Cox … was mistaken for Beyoncé all evening time,” he tweeted. “Which is a profession spotlight for actually anyone.”
“utterly!” Cox agreed.