The Project Just Took On The Age’s Waleed Aly/Nazeem Hussain Screw-Up In The Best Possible Way
This will never not be funny.
Yesterday morning, The Age were responsible for the facepalm of the year, announcing political commentator Waleed Aly — one of The Age‘s own columnists — as a new co-host of The Project… with a picture of comedian Nazeem Hussain instead.
Twitter and Facebook drowned themselves in sassy mirth at the expense of one of Australia’s most prominent papers, and The Guardian responded with a perfectly subtle dig: the editors dappled Amanda Meade’s weekly media wrap-up with photos of Aly captioned as other non-white Australian media types, including Indira Naidoo and Benjamin Law.
It was a hilarious joke that flew right over the head of The Age‘s News Director Mark Forbes.
Amanda Meade @GuardianAus had a go @theage for miscaptioning Waleed Aly pic today, then ran pic of Lee Lin Chin under his name #glasshouses
— mark forbes (@forbes007) December 18, 2014
then @GuardianAus captions waleed aly pic as Nazeen Hussain and pic of Nazeen as Indira Niadoo #colorblind? http://t.co/QkBFWqt0pt — mark forbes (@forbes007) December 18, 2014
And this evening the Project, who will be joined by Waleed Aly from January 26, opened the show with their own dig.
Aly and Hussain foreshadowed the gag on Twitter, sharing a photo of the two sitting at the Project newsdesk and looking definitely identical.
Tonight on The Project… pic.twitter.com/jzhjjgKgmN
— Nazeem Hussain (@nazeem_hussain) December 19, 2014
It’s almost exactly as our favourite video artist, Huw Parkinson, predicted with his latest seamless mash-up: