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Sarah Michelle Gellar Confuses Boy George for George Michael in Tribute

Variety logo Variety 12/26/2016 Lawrence Yee
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Sarah Michelle Gellar mistook Boy George for George Michael in a well-meaning online tribute.

“Do you really want to hurt me? I guess you do 2016,” the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star tweeted on Sunday night, adding the hashtag #ripboygeorge.

The lyric is from Culture Club’s 1982 hit “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.” Boy George was the frontman for the new wave band. © Provided by Variety

After fans quickly pointed out it was another ’80s British pop star — George Michael — who had passed, Gellar quickly removed the post and rectified the situation with a series of tweets.

“Just as sad when you get the correct information- #ripGeorgeMichael thank you to everyone who corrected me- it’s still so sad,” she wrote.

Gellar added, “And for the record yes I completely know the difference between Boy George and George Michael- I heard incorrectly. My intentions were good.”

“This is usually why I don’t comment on public matters, but it all seemed so sad on Christmas,” the actress wrote. “Lesson learned.”

Boy George DID pay tribute to his late friend, as well as a slew of other celebrities.

“He was so loved and I hope he knew it because the sadness today is beyond words. Devastating. What a beautiful voice he had and his music will live on as a testament to his talent. I can’t believe he is gone,” he wrote in a lengthy statement.

Boy George has appeared on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” this fall as a friend of the newest housewife, Dorit Kemsley. The 55-year-old will also appear on the upcoming season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” debuting in January. George Michael: Life in Pictures

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