NBC criticized for mistaking Mickey Guyton for Jen Aiko ahead of the Super Bowl national anthem

NBC criticized for mistaking Mickey Guyton for Jen Aiko ahead of the Super Bowl national anthem

Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals fans came together to criticize NBC for misidentifying Mickey Guyton as Jene Aiko at Super Bowl LVI on Sunday.

Ahead of the 38-year-old rising country star’s performance of the national anthem, the network mistakenly named her 33-year-old Aiko on the jumbotron.

During the confusion, both women stood on the field at Sophie Stadium in Los Angeles as the sativa singer sings “America the Beautiful”.

Disappointing: Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals fans came together to criticize NBC for misidentifying Mickey Guyton (pictured) as Jen Aiko at Super Bowl LVI on Sunday.

Disappointing: Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals fans came together to criticize NBC for misidentifying Mickey Guyton (pictured) as Jen Aiko at Super Bowl LVI on Sunday.

Controversial: Mickey Guyton was featured during the broadcast with Chiron Jene Aiko.

Controversial: Mickey Guyton was featured during the broadcast with Chiron Jene Aiko.

Immediately, NBC Sports tweeted an apology stating, “We showed Mickey Guyton incorrectly and misidentified her before showing Aiko’s performance. We apologize to both artists for the mistake.”

The egregious mistake immediately prompted viewers to express their frustration on social media.

“There is nothing more American than the NFL making all women of color sing before a game, only to have the operator not even bother to tell the difference between Jen Aiko and Mickey Guyton,” wrote one Twitter user.

Big flop: before the national anthem was played by a 38-year-old rising country star when she stood on the net calling her 33-year-old Aiko on the jumbotron.

Big flop: before the national anthem was played by a 38-year-old rising country star when she stood on the net calling her 33-year-old Aiko on the jumbotron.

Sorry: NBC Sports immediately tweeted an apology that read:

Sorry: NBC Sports immediately tweeted an apology that read: “We misrepresented Mickey Guyton and misidentified her before showing Aiko’s performance.” We apologize to both artists for the mistake’

Another simply pointed out the mistake, writing: “They introduced my girlfriend Jen Aiko and filmed Mickey Guyton.”

Many viewers described this oversight as “embarrassing” and disappointing, as the musicians couldn’t have been dressed differently.

While Guyton opted for a long-sleeved blue dress, Aiko shone in a black sequined dress with a cheeky thigh-high slit.

Out of order: The egregious mistake immediately prompted viewers to express their frustration on social media.

Out of order: The egregious mistake immediately prompted viewers to express their frustration on social media.

“There is nothing more American than the NFL making all women of color sing before a game only to have the operator not even bother to tell the difference between Jen Aiko and Mickey Guyton,” wrote one viewer on the social network.

“There is nothing more American than the NFL making all women of color sing before a game only to have the operator not even bother to tell the difference between Jen Aiko and Mickey Guyton,” wrote one viewer on the social network.

Major flop: Another pointed out the mistake, writing,

Major flop: Another pointed out the mistake, writing, “They introduced my girlfriend to Jena Aiko and took the camera off Mickey Guyton.”

However, some social media users have chosen to focus on the positive.

“America, if you looked at those two beautiful women who opened this Super Bowl, Jen Aiko and Mickey Guyton, and you were like me, they kicked him out of the park,” Ronnie Ray Jenkins tweeted.

He continued, “I was filled with pride and black is beautiful. Be proud, America, and be grateful for these two blessings.”

“The cameraman didn’t bother to quickly move the camera,” another exploded.

“The cameraman didn’t bother to quickly move the camera,” another exploded.

Positive: Others focused on how the women

Positive: Others focused on how the women “knocked everything out of the park.”

Neither performer has commented on NBC’s mistake or publicly responded to their apologies.

Last month, the Los Angeles Rams jumbotron confused viewers by mistaking Aiko for Freddie Prinze Jr and her boyfriend The Big Sean for Sarah Michelle Gellar.

At the time, the Cruel Intentions star, 44, shared a screenshot of the humorous bug on her Instagram.

Bizarre: Last month, the Los Angeles Rams jumbotron left audiences bewildered by mistaking Big Sean and Aiko for Sarah Michelle Gellar and her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr.

Bizarre: Last month, the Los Angeles Rams jumbotron left audiences bewildered by mistaking Big Sean and Aiko for Sarah Michelle Gellar and her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr.

Gellar seemed amused that Aiko was being misidentified as her on national television, while joking that the mistake was about to result in someone being “fired”.

More comically, the mother-of-two didn’t even show up to the game with her longtime husband, whom she married in 2002.

In her Instagram stories, the Golden Globe nominee revealed that she watched the NFC Championship game at SoFi Stadium with her friend Elsa Collins.

Funny Mistake: Gellar seemed amused that Aiko was being misidentified as her on national television while joking that the mistake was about to result in someone being

Funny Mistake: Gellar seemed amused that Aiko was being misidentified as her on national television while joking that the mistake was about to result in someone being “fired”.

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