A quick Google search could have spared local Florida news station WSVN some embarrassment.
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade donated thousands to a gun control rally recently, but that good deed was overshadowed by a reductive WSVN headline that omitted Union’s name, referring to the star simply as "wife."
The actress and philanthropist caught the gaffe, and promptly called the station out via her Twitter page. “When they let you know what they think of you,” she wrote. “I have a name.”
When they let you know what they think of you. I have a name. https://t.co/EONnNVxCNV— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) March 12, 2018
Union’s fans wasted no time in getting them together, either:
Really?! She has a name, she is more than just Dwayne's wife. She stands in her own excellence. Her name is Gabrielle Union, @itsgabrielleu— Kathleen McPherson (@KathyMac65) March 12, 2018
GET IT RIGHT!!!!!! In the words of Destiny Child......SAY MY NAME SAY MY NAME!!!!!! Gabby deserves that and more!— Larry Walton💪🏾 (@larryldw41) March 12, 2018
Following the public dragging, the station apologized and changed the headline.
You're right. We have apologized, and will have a word with our writer.— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) March 12, 2018
The story behind the tweet is more positive. WSVN reports that Union and Wade put up $200,000 towards the #marchforourlives rally coordinated by survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
The main event will take place on March 24 in Washington, D.C., and there will be sister marches in cities across the United States. Wade also encouraged his fellow NBA players to donate. According to his Twitter page, he has already convinced Carmelo Anthony to participate:
Spoke to my brother @carmeloanthony & we're standing w/ students from MSD. We both come from communities where gun violence is an every day occurence. Enough is Enough! On March 24th, students across the country will be in DC and in their local cities to #MarchForOurLives— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 10, 2018
They need our help! I'm asking my NBA fam to join us in raising money to send kids from underserved communities to March….@gabunion and I will start w/$200K for Chicago. every dollar counts! Who else is in?? Or donate here: https://t.co/pu10Gp76on #GetTheBallRollin— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 10, 2018