ESPN humiliates Tom Holland and Zendaya in the broadcast of the Ballon d’Or gala

Zendaya and Tom Holland at the 2021 Golden Ball Gala Photocall (Photos: Marc Piasecki / WireImage | Aurelien Meunier / Getty Images)

Zendaya and Tom Holland at the 2021 Ballon d’Or gala photocall (Photos: Marc Piasecki / WireImage | Aurelien Meunier / Getty Images)

Tom holland and Zendaya They are one of the cinematographic couples of the moment. Not only because they are about to release a long-awaited movie like Spider-Man: No Way Home, but because the mutual affection that they have for each other, the messages and publications that do not stop dedicating themselves on social networks and even the leak of a photo of a heated kiss between them, makes that there is no one who is alien to the which is one of the most media and commented relationships in Hollywood. Or so it seems, because from the sports channel ESPN during the broadcast of the Ballon d’Or gala they were not able to recognize them.

Although the real protagonists of the ceremony were personalities from the world of football such as Lionel messi or Alexia Putellas -who managed to win the precious Ballon d’Or as the best footballers of the year- the gala also featured celebrities from other fields such as cinema. In this way, Zendaya and Holland were invited to Paris and dazzled with their presence at the event and during the red carpet, at which time two sports journalists from the broadcast of the gala for ESPN in Argentina were clever when they did not know how to recognize both Hollywood celebrities.

The first to be seen on the screen was Zendaya, who as she progressed through the red carpet, journalists did not stop highlighting that they did not know her identity. At a certain moment, one of them remarks that he thinks it is the singer Dua Lipa and begins to mention erroneous information about the Spider-Man actress, although the situation worsens when Tom Holland, wearing glasses on his face, makes an appearance and they affirm with a mocking tone “Here comes one that has a Harry Potter face”.

Later they are informed that those who have just paraded before the cameras are Zendaya and Tom Holland, although far from retracting and professionally correcting their mistake, they decide to continue joking about their unknown identity. But the worst comes when Holland stops to pose and give interviews and from ESPN decide that it is appropriate to put in the background the soundtrack of Harry Potter. At that moment, after realizing that he was in front of one of the most beloved stars in Hollywood, one of the journalists seems to realize the terrible mistake they were making and regrets this mockery with the music of the young magician’s films.

It is understandable that some journalists specializing in football are not up-to-date on film news, even for such well-known personalities as Zendaya and Tom Holland. In the end, his job is to report on sports news and not be aware of movie premieres or Hollywood romances. Nevertheless, the jokes regarding the identity of both interpreters were very out of place, especially appreciating the persistent laughter of both announcers behind the cameras.

The situation can be funny, but talking in such a humiliating way about who is the film couple of the moment was not at all successful. They could perfectly have recognized the ignorance of their identity and have gone on to another topic without falling into ridicule, because it is better to sin in ignorance than to fall into disrepute. In the end, broadcasting an event of these characteristics requires exemplary professionalism that makes its importance clear to the audience, and these comments from ESPN in Argentina They are more typical of an informal conversation between friends than of a broadcast of what stands out as one of the sports events of the year.

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ESPN humiliates Tom Holland and Zendaya in the broadcast of the Ballon d’Or gala