Now that we're officially in the thick of awards season, it's time to prepare yourself and your social media accounts for the swarms of ceremony-related tweets and status updates that will likely clog your feed. With the 19.3 million viewers that tuned in for last night's Golden Globes, every moment of the ceremony, good and bad, was well-documented on the Internet.
Between Ricky Gervais and Mel Gibson's awkward exchange and Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga's brief run-in, the Internet was in a frenzy with all of the activity. But it was the MTV Australia Twitter account who is currently facing scrutiny for their distasteful attempt at humor.
America Fererra and Eva Longoria take aim at Hollywood
While presenting the award for Best Actor in a TV Drama, Ferrera and Longoria made it a clear point to distinguish themselves from other famous Latina actresses after the Golden Globes Twitter account mistook Ferrera for Jane the Virgin star, Gina Rodriguez last month. Their introduction last night was a perfect response to the casual racism seen in Hollywood.
The Tweet in question
Although their joke was comical in nature, their sentiment should definitely be taken seriously. No, not all Latina actresses look alike.
While live-tweeting the event, the MTV Australia Twitter took things a little too far in making the following joke:
Needless to say, the Internet didn't take too kindly to MTV Australia's now-deleted "joke," and was quick to call them out on their insensitive message.
An attempt at an apology
MTV Australia deleted the aforementioned tweet and quickly responded to the criticism with the following statement:
MTV’s tweet was in reference to the joke made my by Eva Longoria and America Ferrera at the Golden Globes. We realise it was poor joke and have taken the post down. We apologise for causing any offence and have decided to leave the humour to Ricky Gervais.
I don't know about you, but I'm not sure I see the correlation between Longoria and Ferrera's joke and their message. Despite acknowledging their social media misstep, people still aren't entirely convinced their apology was especially heartfelt.