The best/worst thing about the internet is that the second something goes live, somebody, somewhere, has probably saved it. No matter how fast you delete, alter, edit, or change something, if you messed up, there’s probably going to be a record of it somewhere.
A fact of internet life that might have gotten whoever’s running the Emmys official Twitter account in a lot of trouble right now.
Because whoever was in charge of tweets for the evening had an embarrassing mix-up: because they mistook Terence Howard for another famous black actor.
You might recognize him from his leading role on one of primetime TV’s most popular shows, Empire.
And this is Cuba Gooding Jr.. Recently, you probably know him from gritty, straight-to-netflix crime dramas, The People vs OJ Simpson, or his Oscar-winning role in Jerry Maguire.
Yep, two very different actors, with entirely different career routes, who are entirely different people.
But someone tagged a photo of Terence Howard, looking very un-Gooding Jr. esque, as Cuba Gooding Jr.
But then, probably because someone quickly realized that Terence Howard has never shouted, “SHOW ME THE MONEY!” they sent out a new tweet, this time tagging Howard.
The account even left the original tweet up for a little while before finally deleting it.
And in case you were thinking that it was an honest mistake, here they are, side-by-side.
And in a very interesting pose.
Although one twitter user has offered up an interesting possible explanation for the tweet “mix-up.”
He might be on to something.