Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight react to U.S. Open mix-up

It appears the U.S. Open had a two-for-one deal for superstar mixups.

Commentators appear to have blended up the identities of legendary singers Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight, who had been each within the stands Wednesday for Serena Williams’ match in opposition to Anett Kontaveit. The mixup comes simply days after “Orange Is the New Black” actor Laverne Cox was mistaken for Beyoncé on the annual tennis Grand Slam occasion.

“Got some more stars,” Chanda Rubin mentioned as she was calling the match when the digicam zoomed in on Warwick.


“Gladys Knight,” Mary Carillo mentioned, then Rubin repeated the title as footage continued to linger on the “Walk On By” singer.

Carillo is a longtime analyst for Tennis Channel and a former tennis professional. Rubin is a former Grand Slam winner who lately has served as a commentator for Tennis Channel.

Like clockwork, individuals on social media rapidly observed the slip-up. One Twitter consumer referred to as out the commentators for the “unacceptable” mistake, as one other claimed that Rubin’s and Carillo’s feedback had been a “disgusting display of ignorance and bigotry.”

Twitter user @4BlackCulture wrote, “these media outlets gotta start doing their homework,” and hooked up a video of TV persona Gayle King telling late-night host Stephen Colbert to inform his colleagues that “all Black people do not look alike.”

Amid the backlash, Rubin tried to clear the air. Responding to a critic on Twitter, she mentioned the error may have been a results of the stay manufacturing setup.

“Too bad I was initially looking at the court (where Auntie Gladys was in the stands) and not our program monitor that showed Ms. Dionne…mistake was immediately corrected,” she said on Wednesday.

On Thursday, she additional defended her actions on Twitter, noting that she was “mid-sentence caught up watching this historic match & was late seeing the program.”

Warwick and Knight, nonetheless, didn’t have any exhausting emotions.

“Hi, I’m Gladys Knight…,” Warwick tweeted on Thursday. “And instead of taking that midnight train to Georgia, I won’t walk on by but will say a little prayer for you.”

“Dionne and I have been sisters for a long time and I hope she is as honored to be mistaken for me as I would be for her,” Knight tweeted Thursday. “I’m sure it was an honest mistake. It was a blessing to be in the house to see Serena’s greatness.”

Knight additionally retweeted Warwick’s cheeky tweets and shared a GIF of her onstage with Warwick.