Whoops! People.com used the wrong photo with a story on the Bravo show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
The entertainment news story was headlined “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘s Brandi Glanville: ‘I Made Out with Carlton Gebbia'” and was accompanied by side-by-side photos of Glanville with a man. The photo caption read “Brandi Glanville and Carlton Gebbia.”
But, Gebbia is a woman.
Instead of using a photo of Gebbia, People used a photo of Gebbia’s husband, David Gebbia. Carlton Gebbia is a cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, according to Bravo’s website.
The image of her husband that was used to accompany the People article appears to be a cropped and slightly rotated version of the below Getty Images picture. The original photo showed both Carlton and David Gebbia as well as two other people.
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Several People.com commenters called out the photo error, writing:
|“Why are you putting up a picture of Carlton’s husband? Really? Whoever wrote this story doesn’t actually know it’s talking about a woman? Kinda sad.”|
|“that’s a pic of Carlton’s husband. So funny People published this…I think it would be much more of a scandal if Brandi kissed Carlton’s husband!!!”|
|“Carlton is a woman, the person pictured is her husband!!”|
|“Carlton is a girl!! Wrong picture! How would this story even make sense if Carlton was a man?”|
|“I’m sure whomever that guy is in the picture is going to be very upset to learn that he’s actually a woman lol. I can’t believe you didn’t fact check just a little. I can Google Carlton Gebbia and see that she’s a SHE without even having ever watched the show. Brandi however, isn’t even newsworthy. Give me a break and fix Carlton’s picture, she’s much prettier than he is.”|
iMediaEthics agrees with the last commenter’s point that a quick Google search shows People‘s error. Granted, I’ve never watched this show, but it took just a few minutes to discover that People used a photo of the wrong spouse.
At some point in the late afternoon yesterday, People.com swapped the erronenous photo with a screenshot from the show. No correction was posted.
iMediaEthics has written to People for a correction and will update with any response.
Thanks to Kaitlyn Yopp for letting us know about this error. Send us your tips at email@example.com