Uh, Oh! BBC Airs Clips Of BigB And Rishi Kapoor For Shashi Kapoor Tribute
In a tribute to Shashi Kapoor, BBC showed clips of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor instead.
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As many TV channels came forward and paid respects to the star, it was BBC's goof-up that received severe flak on social media.
The news channel aired clips of Shashi Kapoor's co-star Amitabh Bachchan and nephew Rishi Kapoor in a report while the anchor spoke about Kapoor's illustrious journey and contribution to the industry.
Soon, the outrage brigade came out in full force seeking an apology from the channel.
C'mon!!! We don't all look the same!!— Hafsah Aneela Bashir (@Hafsah_A_Bashir) December 4, 2017
FFS ! @BBCNews , Don’t your researchers know how to use google?— Centrist Massi #FBPE (@Massie68) December 4, 2017
Strangely enough, BBC chose to air clips of two different people (Big B and Rishi Kapoor) and apparently couldn't tell them apart. Even worse, Shashi Kapoor was also part of this 1976 Yash Chopra movie who unfortunately couldn't make it to the report.
Following the social media outrage, Paul Royall, Editor, BBC News posted an apology on Twitter saying, "#BBCNewsTen is very sorry wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor. Not our usual standards and I apologise for any upset."
#BBCNewsTen is very sorry wrong images were used to mark the death of Shashi Kapoor. Not our usual standards and I apologise for any upset.— Paul Royall (@paulroyall) December 4, 2017
As it happens, this isn't the first time a channel has made a gaffe in their tribute to the veteran actor.
Shortly after the legendary actor died, a channel accidentally tweeted the Congress MP's name by mistake.
Soon Tharoor's office was flooded with calls and he responded on Twitter in his own inimitable way.
"We're getting condolence calls in the office! Reports of my demise are, if not exaggerated, at least premature" Tharoor tweeted. It's the author-politician's take off on the famous quote attributed to the legendary Mark Twain.
The journalist apologised for his mistake and wished Tharoor a healthy life. The Congress MP graciously accepted the apology and wrote, “Mistakes happen. Glad to be able to crack a smile at a tragic moment.”
Tharoor also tweeted out a heartfelt condolence message and said it 'feels a part of me is gone'.
“A great actor, smart, cosmopolitan, impossibly handsome & w/a name that was often confused w/mine. (My office got two calls from journalists today about my reportedly serious ill-health!) I will miss #ShashiKapoor. Condolences2his family&all his fans (sic),” he wrote.
I feel a part of me is gone. A great actor, smart, cosmopolitan, impossibly handsome & w/a name that was often confused w/mine. (My office got two calls from journalists today about my reportedly serious ill-health!) I will miss #ShashiKapoor. Condolences2his family&all his fans pic.twitter.com/fSz3jafPZJ— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 4, 2017
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