Wolf Blitzer Credits Prince With "Purple Haze," Angering "Purple Rain" Fans Everywhere
Minutes after shocking news of Prince's death was confirmed, journalists were in a flurry, forced to report out a significant member of the music industry's death while coping with the sadness of losing one of the most iconic singers of the past three decades. But it seems Wolf Blitzer isn't quite as passionate a fan of the artist known as Prince as others — on Thursday, Blitzer said Prince wrote "Purple Haze," a gaffe that would offend fandoms of both Prince and Jimi Hendrix alike.
Because, as many know, Hendrix actually is the talent behind "Purple Haze"; Prince famously brought us "Purple Rain." Whether it was a slip of the tongue, or an actual ignorance of Prince's roster of hits, Blitzer's misstep was chronicled on live TV, and fans aren't having any of it.
As Blitzer said shortly after Prince died at 57 years old in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, "All of us of course remember 'Purple Haze' and what that did for the world of music." (Worth noting that fellow CNN newsperson Don Lemon, who was on the phone with Blitzer, didn't correct him; check out video of the moment on Huffington Post and audio below.)
The reaction was swift, and not too kind to Blitzer.
Wolf Blitzer: "All of us remember Purple Haze and what that did for the world of music." pic.twitter.com/f4v9bzLvzE— Stefan Becket (@becket) April 21, 2016
Wolf Blitzer is right: Stairway to Heaven was Prince's best song.— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) April 21, 2016
On CNN Wolf Blitzer just mention the Prince song "Purple Haze"....... pic.twitter.com/bQhr7HR9Yu— Mark (@MarkMizzouSteel) April 21, 2016
To those surprised by Wolf Blitzer saying that Prince did "Purple Haze"... pic.twitter.com/X4xyUipDut— Cam Newton (@CamBNewton) April 21, 2016
Next on Journo Jeopardy...— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 21, 2016
Wolf Blitzer: I'll try Prince songs for $200.
Alex Trebek: You mean Jimi Hendrix songs.
Check out "Purple Rain," Wolf. You'll like it.