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That Inevitable Hidden Fences Trailer Is Here Thanks to Stephen Colbert

“If movies starring black people confuse you, then this is the film you’ve got to see.”


After Jenna Bush Hager’s red carpet blunder in which she referred to the film Hidden Figures as “Hidden Fences,” a trailer for the fictitious movie was bound to pop up. Enter The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and their minute-long video which skewers individuals who can’t be bothered learn about movies starring a predominately black cast. I know it’s absurd and completely unnecessary, but boy is it something I appreciate for existing.

“Based on a true story of people who think all movies about black people are the same movie,” says the trailer’s voiceover, per Deadline. “Starring: black actors, black actresses, Kevin Costner, and introducing: A Fence.” Ha!

The whole incident stems from Hager, who was speaking to Pharrell about his Best Original Score nomination, who mixed up Hidden Figures and Fences. Michael Keaton would make the same mistake later into the show while announcing the nominees for Best Supporting Actress. Octavia Spencer was up for the award for her work in the former. Hager has since apologized, saying on The Today Show, “I am not perfect. I am authentic, but a human.”

Keaton also spoke up about the blunder, though he didn’t seem to be as affected by the responses. “Let’s make this official: I’m sorry, I apologize, I screwed it up,” he said, according to The Wrap. “Are they making a big deal?” When a paparazzo answered yes, he sarcastically responded with “I’m a horrible person” before seriously stating that he will “sleep pretty well.” Interesting.

(via Deadline, image via screencap)

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