Numerous articles are publishing images of black celebrities, that are not them. Is this down to lazy editing or do they believe all black people look alike. This article points out an example made by tabloid newspaper, The Sun.
In Amy Jones’ article ‘BBC ban ‘sexy’ red lippy from kids’ TV‘, published in The Sun, January 30th 2014, a picture of comedienne/presenter London Hughes is listed as singer, Dionne Bromfield. The article refers to the executive editor of children’s programmes on the BBC, Melissa Hardinge, ensuring that programme makers “protect young viewers from provocative imagery and bad language”, using Dionne, who co-presents Friday Download (CBBC), as an example.
From the pictures above, it is clear to see that there is no resemblance between London (real name, Dionne) and Amy Winehouse‘s god-daughter, Dionne. London is fully black, whilst Dionne is mixed-race. Apart from the long hair extensions, there is no similarities between the two. In the past The Sun has used an image of a very bad Prince look-a-like instead of the real musician, other publications have ‘mistaken’ Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela-Long Walk To Freedom) for David Harewood (Babyfather, Homeland), tennis star, Serena Williams, for her sister Venus, former American Idol judge, Randy Jackson for Michael Jacksons‘ brother Randy and many others. Personally, I blame very lousy editing but as a black person myself, it’s quite insulting. I mean do journalists/editors just see the black and not the features?
A further note to point out in the article is that London is now a children’s presenter for the CBBC rival station, CITV. Really bad boo-boo from my favourite tabloid, get your sh!t together down at The Sun.