People Who Thought Oprah Was Whitney Houston

Buzzfeed’s Matt Stopera posts some Facebook updates from people who, for some reason, could not tell Oprah Winfrey and Whitney Houston apart.

This one is may favorite:

I’m really not sure what to say.

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  1. Jeremy says:

    I’m really not sure what to say.

    You could start by saying that “people are dumb” and finish by saying “And this is why we must ban Facebook, for the good of the American nation, and, perhaps, the world.”

  2. Chris Berez says:

    This is probably the same subset of people that think The Onion is real. I wish I could say I was shocked, but I’m really not. The internet can be a very stupid place.

  3. Kylopod says:

    Though it’s a stereotype, I’ve found that there really is a subset of white Americans who have trouble telling black people apart, even when there’s no resemblance. (For example, African American artist Renee Cox has said that people on the street have confused her with Whoopi Goldberg, simply because she wears braids.) I’ve heard there are studies to support the idea that people generally have an easier time distinguishing individuals from their own race, but personally I think it has to do with exposure. If you don’t see black people that often in your regular life, you’re more prone to lumping them together in your mind as one physical “type,” and that leads to absurd situations like the one above.

  4. Charlie says:

    How is this even possible? To post a photo on facebook like that you have to have it saved on your computer. Presuming most people would have to get it from a search engine, why are so many results for Whitney Houston bringing up Oprah? Unless this is a trolling en-masse.