Does George Stephanopoulos Think All Black People Look Alike? Mistook Bill Russell For Morgan Freeman

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imagesBy Victor Trammell

If you are a national journalist who has been on television reporting stories on your own show as long as George Stephanopoulos has, then you ought to be able to distinguish celebrities from one another.

The slight 51-year-old host of ABC’s This Week pulled a mishap on national television that made him look pretty silly.

In an awkward moment while he was covering the presidential inauguration, Stephanopoulos mistook retired basketball legend Bill Russell for actor Morgan Freeman. As the cameras zoomed in on Russell, Stephanopoulos said:

“That’s Morgan Freeman, I think, right there on the Capitol steps. No, Bill Russell, I’m sorry. (

A number of bloggers defended the silly gaffe by insinuating that the two men look alike. However, Russell is much taller than Freeman and has a darker skin complexion. All the silly mix-up proves is that society still likes to generalize looks when it comes to races of people that are different than they are.

Satirical comic Jon Stewart gave his two cents on the matter on his “Daily Show With John Stewart.” He said:

Now…In George Stephanopoulos’ defense, all tall people look alike to him. I see great chins, I don’t know! Still for the rest of the morning, Stephanopoulos did a very good job.” (The Daily Show With John Stewart)

As images of black distinguished guests of the inauguration appeared on the screen, Stewart continued to mock Stephanopoulos by wrongfully naming them other famous celebrities. As an image of Jay Z and Beyonce at the inauguration appeared on the TV screen, Stewart said:

An there’s…Oh look at that! There’s General Colin Powell and his girlfriend Motown great Dianna Ross!”

To see Stewart’s hilarious tirade about the George Stephanopoulos gaffe, click the following link:


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