While announcing Octavia Spencer as a Best Supporting Actress nominee for the film Hidden Figures on Sunday, Keaton accidentally referred to the movie as "Hidden Fences," seemingly thinking of Fences, another film with a primarily African-American cast.
Earlier in the day, NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager made the same error while interviewing musician Pharrell Williams
on the red carpet.
“I hate to say someone, Jenna Bush, purposely marginalized movies that were centered in blackness and black excellence, but I think subconsciously they’re on a level where some people just lump all movies about people of color in one group, movies about women in one group,” Union said during her appearance on Tuesday's episode of The View. “What that does is diminishes and marginalizes the excellent film and work.”
Hager has since apologized for the gaffe, with Williams publicly easing her tension over the flub.
“Don't worry @JennaBushHager!” he tweeted. “Everyone makes mistakes. Hidden Fences does sound like an intriguing movie though. Just saying...”
While Keaton reportedly told TMZ
, “I’m sorry, I apologize. I screwed it up,” after the Golden Globes, he has made no official public statement about the blunder and Union called him out for his “non-apology.”
“I think their apologies said a lot about what their intentions were,” said the 44-year-old Being Mary Jane star. “Jenna Bush’s apology, which was widely accepted by the cast of Hidden Figures, and then Michael Keaton’s non-apology spoke volumes and no one has accepted that apology.”
See more on the debacle in the video below.