Alfre Woodard/Idris Elba
In November 2013, actress Alfre Woodard was the victim of an egregious error when Italian fashion house Armani captioned her as (Black male actor) Idris Elba in an Instagram post.
The company didn’t realize it had misidentified Woodard until it was advised by several frustrated fan posts on social media, as well as posted memes with #ArmaniCaptions.
Laurence Fishburne/Samuel Jackson
Many fans have had trouble distinguishing between actors Samuel Jackson and Laurence Fishburne.
According to Jackson:
“People shout at me, ‘Hey, loved that The Matrix, man!’ Yeah – me too. I was actually on a plane last year and this guy sat down next to me. Finally he said something to me, and we started talking about Pulp Fiction. He couldn’t remember the actor’s name, so I tried to help and said, ‘I think it might have been Samuel Jackson.’ He jumped in, ‘No, no, it’s the other guy, that Fishburne guy.’ We rode the whole flight having that conversation and then, right at the end, he looked hard at me and said, ‘You sure look familiar, you’re sure you’re not Laurence Fishburne?’ I said, ‘No, and I definitely am not in Pulp Fiction either.’”