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September 8, 2007 6

rihanna

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I’m not gonna lie…it is pretty irritating when people ask me if I was named after the Fleetwood Mac song, proceed to sing, or even worse yet, ask me if I ring like a bell through the night, as if they are the most clever person in the world for coming up with that. But now, thanks to our Barbadian friend, when I tell people my name, they ask “like the singer?” Which got me thinking about how you pronounce her name. So, I decide that scouring youtube to uncover the correct pronunciation of this girl’s name is a perfectly acceptable way to spend a Friday night (oh how things have changed). Ree-Ann-A. Rhymes with banana. The funny thing is that in every foreign interview, the interviewer says it correctly. But in any American interview, the American interviewer pronounces it incorrectly (Ree-Ahhhh-Nah, like the band Sha Na Na). But what’s really funny is some Jane interview where the interviewer and Rihanna both say her name at the same time, and the interviewer gets it wrong. Ha ha! But I’m sure the reasons Americans pronounce it that way is because freaking Jay-Z says it that way in the beginning of HER “Umbrella” song. Was she afraid to correct the Jigga Man or something? Me? I will correct you once, sometimes twice, but if you still can’t get my name right, I don’t care. If I know you’re talking to me, that’s good enough. I get all kinds of crazy pronunciations of my name. I’m also not famous, though. I WILL correct you if you are interviewing me. I had an interview on the local channel, and I made sure they said it correctly. Why? Because I don’t want incorrect information put out there. Why doesn’t Rihanna correct these people? Is she afraid to speak up or does she just not give a shit? These are the burning questions that keep me up at night. I desperately want to sit down and talk to her about name pronunciation. And I also want to start a world wide crusade to let everyone know the true pronunciation of Rihanna. AND Rhiannon.