Photo Agency Can’t Tell Kelly Marie Tran and Mirai Nagasu Apart

The 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night may have acted as a gathering of Hollywood’s most powerful in calling for inclusion, diversity and the #MeToo movement, but it couldn’t prevent one photo agency from mislabeling “Star Wars” actress Kelly Marie Tran as Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu.

Getty Images, one of the nation’s largest photo agencies, captioned Tran and Nagasu as each other in uploaded photos. The gaffe did not go unnoticed by Oscars coverage watchers on social media.

“The tomfoolery has begun,” comedian Jenny Yang wrote on her Twitter.

“This felt inevitable,” Phil Yu, the blogger behind Angry Asian Man, tweeted.


Getty has not yet commented on its gaffe. This is not the first time a major agency has mislabeled Asian American stars — and other celebrities of color. In 2016, following Alan Yang’s win for “Master of None” at the Emmys, the news agency Associated Press labeled Yang as Kelvin Yu, one of the show’s actors. (This came after the same mix-up with Yang and Yu happened, that time by the Hollywood Reporter, earlier that year, prompting Yang to write on Twitter: “Same race, different dude.”) During the same Emmys, the Television Academy tweeted a photo of “Empire” actor Terrence Howard calling him Cuba Gooding, Jr.