Gabrielle Union has addressed the “Fences”/”Hidden Figures” controversy at the Golden Globe Awards, calling out Michael Keaton for not apologizing for his blunder.
While presenting the Best Supporting Actress in a Film category on Sunday, Keaton accidentally referred to the movie “Hidden Figures” as “Hidden Fences” when announcing Octavia Spencer as one of the nominees.
Earlier in the day, NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager made the same error while interviewing musician Pharrell Williams on the red carpet.
“I hate to say someone, Jenna Bush, purposely marginalized movies that were centered in blackness and black excellence, but I think subconsciously they’re on a level where some people just lump all movies about people of colour in one group, movies about women in one group,” Union said during her appearance on Tuesday’s episode of “The View”. “What that does is diminishes and marginalizes the excellent film and work.”
Hager has since apologized for the gaffe, with Williams publicly easing her tension over the flub.
“Don’t worry @JennaBushHager!” he tweeted. “Everyone makes mistakes. Hidden Fences does sound like an intriguing movie though. Just saying…”
While Keaton reportedly told TMZ, “I’m sorry, I apologize. I screwed it up,” after the Golden Globes, he has made no official public statement about the blunder and Union called him out for his “non-apology.”
“I think their apologies said a lot about what their intentions were,” said the 44-year-old “Being Mary Jane” star. “Jenna Bush’s apology, which was widely accepted by the cast of ‘Hidden Figures’, and then Michael Keaton’s non-apology spoke volumes and no one has accepted that apology.”
See more on the debacle in the video below.