The Education Department Twitter feed misspelled W.E.B. Du Bois
The U.S. Department of Education gave comedians even more material on controversial Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with typo-filled tweets.
Jimmy Fallon took advantage of the incident on The Tonight Show Monday, bringing in a DeVos impersonator to make a public apology — with even more typos and mispronunciations.
“A lot of people were screaming at me and making mad faces, so I prepared a formal apology,” writer and comedian Jo Firestone said before reading from index cards. “Our sincerest I’m sorry’s go out to W.E.B. Du Bois, as well as to W.E.B. Du Girls,” she added.
This was a reprisal impersonation for Firestone, who channeled DeVos on The Tonight Show shortly after her confirmation.
The Education Department’s initial tweet came on Sunday when the Twitter handle spelled Du Bois as “DeBois,” prompting an onslaught of jabs and jokes from people already heated over DeVos’ appointment.
The department released an apology that also had a typo: “Post updated — our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo.” It has since been corrected.
When Fallon asked about critics questioning DeVos’ qualifications for her role, she said, “I am totally got this.”
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Watch the bit in the clip above.