MTV Australia slammed for 'racist' Golden Globes gaffe

Arvind Hickman
By Arvind Hickman | 11 January 2016

MTV Australia has apologised for a tweet asking for English sub-titles when Latina actresses Eva Longoria and America Ferrera presented an award at the Golden Globes.

Longoria and Ferrera were making a joke about people who struggle to tell Latina actors apart. It was a dig at the Golden Globe's official Twitter account which confused Ferrera with Gina Rodriguez when the 2016 nominations were announced in December.

However, the reference appeared lost on MTV Australia in their Twitter coverage of the Golden Globes today.

MTV Australia golden globe tweet

In response to the social scandal, an MTV spokesperson says: “MTV’s tweet was in reference to the joke made by Eva Longoria and America Ferrera at the Golden Globes. We realise it was a poor joke and have taken the post down. We apologise for causing any offence and have decided to leave the humour to Ricky Gervais.”

Unsurprisingly, the joke went down like a lead balloon in the Twittersphere.

MTV golden globe twitter reaction

MTV Australia Golden Globe tweets reaction

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Big winners at the awards include The Revenant, which won best motion picture drama, best actor in a drama (Leonardo DiCaprio) and best director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu).

Matt Damon and The Martian claimed gongs as best actor and motion picture in the musical or comedy category. Inside Out won best animated feature and the best TV series awards went to Mr. Robot (drama) and Mozart in the Jungle (musical or comedy).

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