Two publications made a huge mistake when they announced a simple story about a celebrity divorce.
As if the humiliation of having to announce the breakdown of your marriage wasn’t bad enough, imagine if the media then mistook your co-star for your estranged husband?
Comedian and actor representative Ali Wong confirmed for People magazine she and her husband of eight years, Justin Hakuta, divorced, and soon after at least two media – Parade and MSN – accompanying the news with the wrong photo.
Both publications tweeted a photo of Marvel star Randall Park instead of Mr Hakuta. Park is Wong’s opponent in Always Be My Possiblea Netflix rom-com that he and Park co-wrote with Michael Golamco.
Parade tweeted a photo of Wong and Park at the premiere Always Be My Possible while MSN only uses Park’s photo.
Social media users were quick to point out the error, using the hashtag #wrongasian.
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Both outlets later deleted the tweet. Parade said: “We understand how hurtful this photo error was and its repercussions and we sincerely regret it. We would like to apologize to Ali Wong, Justin Hakuta, Randall Park and everyone else who may have been hurt by our mistakes.
“We will be implementing strong measures going forward to ensure that doesn’t happen again.”
Wong has spoken about his marriage at his stand-up events including baby cobra, Sturdy Wife and Don Wongas well as in his book Dear Girls: Intimate Stories, Untold Secrets And Advice To Live Your Best Life.
In Don WongWong joked that she often thought about cheating on her husband.
He and Mr Hakuta met in 2010 at a mutual friend’s wedding and married in 2014. They have two daughters, Mari and Nikki. Mr. Hakuta doesn’t work in the entertainment industry.
Wong has had a prolific career in recent years. Apart from his stand-up, he has a role in Inside Amy Schumer, Big mouth, Tuca & Bertie and Bird of prey.
Park is best known for his leading roles in sitcoms Fresh From The Boat and in the movie including water man, Office Christmas Party and as Kim Jong-un in Interview. He plays FBI agent Jimmy Woo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has appeared so far on Ant Man And Wasp and WandaVision.