- A South African journalist is in trouble after she seems to have mistaken Oscar-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya for someone else
- The journalist, Margaret Gardiner, is a former Miss SA and Miss Universe winner
- When confronted about the mistake, Gardiner denied that it was an error and went on to explain how she was misinterpreted
A South African journalist and member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is in hot water after she reportedly confused British Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya for Leslie Odom Jr.
Margaret Gardiner, a former Miss SA and Miss Universe winner was roasted by irritated social media users after she made the error during a press conference at Sunday night's Academy Awards.
However, Gardiner is pushing back and denying that she made the mistake. The former beauty queen insisted that she said what she said on purpose.
Taking to Twitter, Gardiner said:
"#DanielKaluuya I did not mistake you for Leslie Odom Jnr. I'm sorry if it seemed that way. I had wanted to ask about Regina King not being nominated as a director for One Night in Miami, and your win for Judas and the Black Messiah for the community at this time."
She went on to say:
"There was a sound issue so I dropped the part about Regina King and restated my question. What does it mean for the community at this time. When I listed to the audio, I do understand, but there was no confusion."
In the audio clip, Gardiner asked a very surprised Kaluuya about how it felt to be directed by Regina King.
When the confused Kaluuya asked for the question to be repeated, Gardiner said:
“I was wondering what it meant for you to win with the world in the state that it's in at the moment."
After Kaluuya answered, Gardiner followed up by saying:
"Does it mean more for the community, though?"
This question was also followed by a short answer before the moderator moved on. Many have felt that Gardiner’s explanation made no sense and that she was just trying to cover her tracks.
Check out some of the reactions:
“Not surprised she is South African with her racial apartheid tendencies.”
“Hai Sherwin can't we leave South Africa out of this mess.”
“Leave South Africa out of this mess please.”
“The community question made me so uncomfortable. Like, what did she even mean?!? Nxa!”
Meanwhile Briefly News previously reported that My Octopus Teacher won the Oscar for Best Documentary Film, a win for Mzansi that not many saw coming. From Lady Zamar to Loyiso Bala, SA celebs are overflowing with pride.
Taking to social media, celebs expressed their excitement and congratulated the My Octopus Teacher team on this incredible win!
“Huge Congratulations to the Proudly South African #MyOctopusTeacher for winning Best Documentary at the #Oscars.”
Mzansi celebrities have taken to social media to share their views on the 2021 Oscars. While the late Chadwick Bosman did not make the cut, South African celebs are buzzing over a few other wins.
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