Fox “News” Confuses Leonardo Da Vinci With Leonardo DiCaprio
Courtesy of Shepard Smith.
Listen, it’s been a long week—what, with Emmy hangovers, wall-to-wall Pope coverage, and the Empire premiere. So let’s cut Fox News anchor Shepard Smith a little slack for giving Leonardo DiCaprio—world-renowned actor, environmental activist, and presently living human—credit for painting the 16th-century Renaissance masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. And really, were any of us there to witness the creation of the most famous piece of art in the world? Did any of us not see DiCaprio hop off of a time-traveling Citibike in the early 1500s and paint this masterpiece, e-cigarette in hand? No. So, maybe Shepard Smith was right.
Regardless, on Thursday, Smith offered Fox News viewers “an update from scientists trying to identify the model for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Mona Lisa.” While that little teleprompter flub would have been quickly forgotten a decade ago, the peanut gallery that is Twitter has preserved the error forever.
Hahahaha! Shepard Smith just said Leonardo DiCaprio painted the Mona Lisa!!!! pic.twitter.com/fFTKFqn4k3— Erin Stevenson (@StevensonErin) September 24, 2015