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Laverne Cox made the mistake of being Beyoncé at the US Open: NPR

Laverne Cox made the mistake of being Beyoncé at the US Open: NPR

Beyoncé (left) and Laverne Cox (right) pose for a photo at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Many people, including Cox herself, were amused after she was confused with Beyoncé at the US Open Sunday night

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Beyoncé (left) and Laverne Cox (right) pose for a photo at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Many people, including Cox herself, were amused after she was confused with Beyoncé at the US Open Sunday night

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Tennis legend Serena Williams lured a star-studded group of spectators to the first round of her US Open match – and perhaps The last pro championship – Sunday evening from former President Bill Clinton and actress Queen Latifah to tennis star Coco Gauff and Vogue magazine Editor Anna Wintour.

So it wasn’t hard to identify her friend Beyoncé – who has narrated New commercial for Gatorade Honoring Williams’ legacy – in the stands, too. In fact, some viewers at home thought they did.

She tweeted “#Beyonce at the #USOpen” AccountChonialong with a video of a black woman wearing hoop earrings and a face mask interacting with the audience.

Only Queen Bey was not. As fans pointed out — and the original poster quickly clarified — the video actually featured Laverne Cox, Emmy Award-winning actress and producer and LGTBQ.

Cox seemed so amused by the confusion and the reaction that followed, that he even reposted the video on her Instagram account.

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“I’m not wrong Tweet embed In the #USOpen Tonight, and then tonight is trending on Twitter as the internet gossips about misidentification. “These tweets are funny as hell. Enjoy!!!”

Misrepresentations are often not funny. They are overwhelmingly The plague of colored people In the workplace and in the media, including some recent high-profile cases – one of which concerns Williams herself.

New York times She accidentally posted a picture of her sister Venus alongside a story about her venture company that raised $111 million earlier this year, Which prompted Williams to participate It was working to support founders who are being ignored by biased regimes “because I get overlooked”.

This particular bug was better received. Not only does Cox seem to take it in big strides, but as a compliment.

Notably, Cox made no secret of her admiration for the pop star. Just hours ago, in fact, I did it I shared a video of her Get ready for the US Open with Beyoncé’s song playing in the background. She’s also impersonated Beyoncé in the past – albeit on purpose – in a Unforgettable Lip Sync Battle.

“Everyone knows I live for Beyoncé,” she said I told Entertainment Tonight In 2020. “I try not to worship gods on earth, or goddesses, but I do worship Beyoncé.”

Many fans shared this appreciation online, tweeting about how flattering Cox must be. Some even said they saw the resemblance, too.

Chunyi, who first shared the video, wrote later They are beginning to think the confusion might be “actually fine”, but they’ll give it 24 hours to see it. So far, that appears to be the case.

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Sports and culture writer David Dennis Jr. was one of the people who apparently thought so. He called Cox the second winner of the night (after Williams, of course, who defeated Danka Kovinich 6-3, 6-3).

“Laverne Cox…was mistaken for Beyoncé all night long,” Tweeted. “It is a career highlight for literally anyone.”

“definitely!” Cox agreed.