Kevin Hart or Usain Bolt? Comedian and internet roast news giant for picture gaffe mistaking him for sprinter
Usain Bolt tested positive for Covid-19 on August 25 and while NBC reported it, they used a photo of Kevin Hart instead of the sprinter
NBC News is in hot waters for posting a wrong picture. NBC posted a story on its official social media handles about world-renowned sprinter Usain Bolt testing positive for Covid-19 but instead of using his picture, they posted a photograph of comedian Kevin Hart on August 25.
Bolt, the legendary sprinter made headlines on August 25 when he tested positive for Covid-19 just a few days after his 34th birthday. Soon after NBC's blunder, Hart took to Twitter to joke about the incident and shared a post on his Instagram that read: "No comment... I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight.... I want to take advantage of this moment & race anybody in the world. We can bet whatever.... S**t just got real. I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule.... IM BACK B*****S!!!!!! P.S this is Disrespectful on so many levels.... All you can do is laugh. Maybe the Covid 19 shrunk his legs & torso." He also used facepalm emojis to show
No comment 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️.....I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight....I want to take advantage of this moment & race anybody in the world. We can bet whatever....Shit just got real. I am also no longer… https://t.co/jE5HOVBeL2— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) August 25, 2020
Later, NBC apologized to Hart for using the wrong picture. It tweeted, "Very sorry about that @KevinHart4real – bad technical glitch in how photos show up on Facebook. More info on what happened in the correction note here." Amid widespread criticism, NBC posted the correction on Facebook in a post that read: "Correction: Due to a technical error, the social image on this post mistakenly featured a photo of comedian Kevin Hart. In the content management system, a social image was not selected, and the system reverted to an image of Hart from an unrelated video. The display image has been corrected." The Facebook now correctly shows Jamaican track and field star Bolt’s picture in the news post.
But readers spotted the glitch in the photo before the apology came and started to slam NBC in no time. A user wrote, “So Kevin Hart and Usain Bolt are twins now?”
So Kevin Hart and Usain Bolt are twins now? pic.twitter.com/H7fMJg2Aka— The Power Of Nothingness! (@KingLeoPride) August 26, 2020
Another user joked, “Usain Bolt is too pretty to be Kevin Hart.”
Usain Bolt is too pretty to be Kevin Hart.— Literally Three Kobolds #FireMikeMearls (@ThreeKobolds) August 26, 2020
Some called the blunder a nonsensical excuse. "B.S. Anyone that has published on FB knows this is a nonsense excuse. The post is previewed and you can use the debugger program to easily scrub it and use the correct photo. Even if it is scheduled."
B.S. Anyone that has published on FB knows this is a nonsense excuse. The post is previewed and you can use the debugger program to easily scrub it and use the correct photo. Even if it is scheduled.— Brian Henderson (@radiohenderson) August 25, 2020
One joked, "OH MY!! Kevin u really did get fast & tall overnight."
OH MY !! Kevin u really did get fast & tall overnight............... pic.twitter.com/Vu2Fs99zJj— BeachBeaker (@beaker_beach) August 25, 2020
Some slammed NBC calling the mistake as an epic failure. "This is getting really old... We don't all look the same @NBCNews. Epic fail for a news organization."
This is getting really old...We don't all look the same @NBCNews. Epic fail for a news organization.— Hope Johnson (@Hopejoe3) August 25, 2020
Others felt that NBC is not doing their job properly.
I mean - they don't even try to do their job properly. 🙄😒— Decide to be BETTER (@inaja16) August 25, 2020
Usain Bolt tested positive for Covid-19 on August 25. Jamaica's Health Minister Christopher Tufton said Bolt was aware of the results and his recent contacts were being traced as reported in CBS News. "It is now public knowledge that Mr Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I'm told by the authorities,'' Tufton told reporters on August 24 evening. "It triggers an approach to questioning, interrogation if you will, which we follow through with contact tracing," the minister added.