Gaffe Goes Viral When New Zealand Newspaper Mixes Up Stan Lee and Spike Lee

Nov 14, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“A New Zealand newspaper became globally famous for all the wrong reasons after it announced director Spike Lee’s death next to an image of Stan Lee on its front page on Tuesday,” reports the Hollywood Reporter.

The story continues, “Text in a photo box on the front page banner of the Gisborne Herald next to an image of Stan Lee read: “Characters first, superheroes next: Spike Lee dies at 95.”

In fact it was Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel Comics, who passed away at age 95 this week.

Spike Lee, the well-known American movie director, is 61.

The story adds that “The error, picked up by Twitter users and media outlets including Fox News and Huffington Post, had Spike Lee declaring that he was well and truly alive.”

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