If you can’t say Quvenzhané Wallis’ name, you’re probably a disrespectful racist

Quvenzhané Wallis is a talented 9-year old actress, but if you call her “Little Q,” watch out.

  • Lara (LAIR-A)

    I’ve never heard of her. Guess I’m racist. :-/

    • Lara P

      had to comment ….. My name is only FOUR letters and people mispronounce it all the time….. is that reverse racism?

      • Lara (LAIR-A)

        Ha! Mine too! Do you pronounce yours Lair-a too?

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          If you two know about the game series (and movie) “Tomb Raider,” you’d know that about 90% of the young men in this country have been conditioned to saying “LAH-ra.”

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Boyd/100001302412854 Mark Boyd

          No. A) Your name is common and it is pronounced several different ways. B) Her name is not common and she was at the Academy Awards. C) You should understand by now that there’s nothing about your name that gives a hint as to how to stress it. D) If you were nominated you can bet they would have known how to pronounce your name correctly. E) No one cares because you’re not nominated for an Academy Award.

          • http://twitter.com/LoveTheRepublic Truk

            Tomato, tama’to.

          • KenC

            Being nominated for an academy award automatically places you somewhere off my radar to begin with.

          • Kelly Layne

            grow up please

          • Donna Acosta

            Using your own logic, no one cares about your post, since you’re not nominated for anything at all. Buh-bye!

        • bovinescatology

          LAIR-A or LAIR-uh? Either way it’s a GREAT name for a girl. Hugs.

        • http://twitter.com/LoveTheRepublic Truk

          Start making nit wits refer to you as LaRAH! Make sure you call “racist!” for not appreciating your cultural sensitivities.

        • Lara P

          yep that IS how i pronounce it!!!

      • http://twitter.com/dulcetrage Dulcet Rage

        I actually have the opposite problem; most people can pronounce my name, but nobody can SPELL it. That includes my last name, which is literally two common words put together.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Boyd/100001302412854 Mark Boyd

          Ra and ge?

      • Deborah Engles

        Exactly!

      • Kelly Layne

        I was getting ready to say the samething for the last 40 years people have butchered my last name so I guess I can curl up in a fetal position now and act like a victim good greaf people is this all that is important to you.

        • http://twitter.com/DontDoBasic BrownSkinnedBeauty

          grief*

      • Guest

        That’s awesome! Also, congratulations on being nominated in one of the headline categories on an event that those people are being payed to report on.

        That’s why you feel comfortable comparing these two situations, right?

    • radicallyalyssa

      Me too, I guess.

    • Lady 12

      My first name is five letters long, and people mispronounce or misspell it more often than you would think.

      • Worship Dancer

        let me guess they always add an H that isn’t there?

        • Lady 12

          Yes!!! And if they misspell it, some people spell it Marthe!

      • Kyle Schroeck

        Funny, a girl at my work is named Marta, but goes by her middle name, Lara. All 3 of your plights rolled into one.

    • CatHerder

      Doesn’t that make 99.9% of the human race racist? I’ve worked with Poles, Hispanics, Germans, Finns, Russians and one Brazilian and I never saw a name as effed up as that!

    • STFU bitches

      Oh. This is all about YOU!

      Of course.

      • $36544368

        Angry much? Between your user name and your post, I feel pretty sorry for you.

        • STFU bitches

          Don’t feel sorry for me! Really.

          Why not try to sympathize with a CHILD who got referred to by her CHARACTERS name or the first letter of her name all night because no one could be bothered to do a 2 second Wikipedia search to find out the pronunciation of her name.

          I’m not angry, just disappointed in society sometimes.

          • dr44

            I can understand the disappointed part. What I can’t understand is how that makes anyone racist.

          • STFU bitches

            I didn’t say anything about anyone being racist but a good place to find the racists is in group of comments about how they drew scrabble tiles or whatever to name her.

            If ANYONE has a problem with her name, which BTW, the first half of her name is after her parents and the second half is Swahili, then I will call RACIST to your racist face. Just because you might have to think about how to pronounce it for a second doesn’t make it wrong. Some of you need to realize there are people out there who are as important as you are (if not more) who have dark skin or non-European sounding names.

          • Donna Acosta

            Oh, now I get it. You have no idea what “racist” means. Invest in a dictionary, and use it before you post. You’ll look less ignorant that way. Oh, wait, I forgot: You’re so bold you don’t post under your actual name. smh.

          • STFU bitches

            I’m not ignorant, I don’t need a dictionary to tell me what “racist” means, and I don’t post anywhere using my real name so why would I do it here?

            YOU might need a definition, so here ya go:
            Racist: a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to others.

            White people who can’t be bothered to learn how to pronounce a black girls name because it “sounds like they just picked letters at random” are racist. Most racists don’t like to be called racist! They’ll claim to have a black friend! They like rap! But actions speak louder than words.

            I’m getting called ignorant for sticking up for a child. Who are you defending?

          • MimiReed1234

            Can you be “bothered” to pronounce a Chinese name with the correct tone, which is just as important as the sound? What do you call Jackie Chan? If you call him that instead of Chan Kong-San, then you are an evil racist. You’re really REALLY racist if you pronounce “Chan” with a short “a.”

            What do you call Demi Moore? You are an EVIL, EVIL racist if you don’t put the accent on the second syllable of her first name….like exactly .5% of the population does because it’s a stupidly pretentious nickname that is counter-intuitive to pronounce.

            Sorry. Not buying it. If you give your kid a long MADE UP name, no, people aren’t going to pronounce it “right” because people have a hard enough time remembering to pronounce unusual REAL names.

          • Claudette Lynge

            I’ve never see a scrabble tile with an é.

    • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

      I’ve never heard of her or of James Francis Flynn before today.

    • dukem1

      She’s just another poor young kid with an idiot name.

  • FreedomFighter

    Quanzashame???

  • nc

    Hope this adorable child or her family doesn’t see what these twits are tweeting on her behalf. How embarrassing!

  • Maxx

    Since 2007, liberals have run to the “racist” word with such Pavlovian predictability, it has literally rendered the word meaningless.

    If those assigned to present the award in her category fail to pronounce her name correctly, it will be due to laziness and unprofessionalism and nothing more.

  • FreedomFighter

    Quevaghanky???

    • AaronHarrisinAlaska

      ‘MERICA

  • SydneyJane2

    I’m sure if you have a name like Quvenzhane Wallis, it’s mispronounced about 99% of the time. It shouldn’t be anything she hasn’t heard before. Shame on her parents for not naming her something people can pronounce.

    • AaronHarrisinAlaska

      God bless you.

    • Brian Roastbeef

      I agree. Though I’ll also add that if somebody is getting paid cash money to go on TV and talk to/about people and stuff, they should be bothered to take two minutes of Googling and practicing to make sure they can get these things right.

      That’s not about racism though. That’s about being good at one’s job instead of one of the hacks that make up about 99% of the media these days.

    • catb55

      Child abuse .. stop making up names from drawing letters of the alphabet.

      • Lauren

        Google. They didn’t just draw letters.. Ignorant fool

        • Truit Beasley

          No the ignorant ones were her parents for giving her that jacked-up name!

      • S.P.

        I completely agree but, in this case, perhaps the grandmother is to blame, too. Quvenshane’s mother is named Qulyndreia!

        • audieho

          Qulyndreia? That sounds like a disease of Cher’s netherlands.

        • KenC

          I thought it sounded like a green energy company Obama would be interested in funding while it failed.

      • boogsmama

        LOL I agree. Is it a child or a scrabble game FFS??

        • Deborah Engles

          Yes!!!!!!!

        • Kelly Layne

          I was just thinking the samething

        • Kyle Schroeck

          Random Keystrokes.

          • jvp3

            What the hell kind of a messed up name is Kyle Schroeck, or Zach Galifianakis? Obviously the name of someone from a psychotic, sub-human culture, totally unworthy of respect.

      • Deborah Engles

        I couldn’t agree more!

      • jvp3

        Should have told your parents that before they named you. Would you prefer a number instead?

      • David

        These people that call everything racism, are the ones that
        are creating the racism. They are the racist !

    • Santina Tony Farley II

      Shame on you for being too ignorant and obnoxious to learn how to pronounce it.

      • Deborah Engles

        Screw you….wtf? 99 percent of the world doesn’t even know who she is or the stupid movie she was in and now you’re going to give people a hard time because they can’t pronounce her name? Shame on you for not having anything better to do!

        • J fremlin

          Divide and conquer!

      • Kelly Layne

        No Shame on you for making this a big issue. There bigger things to worry about than pronouncing a name correctly I am sure her family has a nick name for her as well.

      • la shanequa x

        Santina, is this how you spend your time since your thug best friend Trayvon threw down on the wrong guy? Your pic looks like it came from Trayvon’s FB page

      • http://www.facebook.com/d0nna.ac0sta Donna Acosta

        Oh, I’ve wanted to say this to a liberal like you for-ev-er! “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Bahahaha!

    • Lauren

      People can name their child whatever. Just because it’s not common in your culture doesn’t mean you can be close minded. Her parents raised a phenomenal child, it doesn’t matter what her name is. Give her and them the respect of learning it. They named her Quvenzhane for a reason, google it.. Learn respect while you’re at it.

      • audieho

        And people can pronounce names that are not common any way they want as well. If they don’t get it right, so be it. Be respectful and not refer to them as “racists.”

      • carmachu

        Its neither disrespectful nor closed minded just because we cant pronounce a name. In that case, EVERYONE from government down is a bigot becuase they can never pronounce my italian last name right.

        • J fremlin

          Or the telemarketers from India, who can pronounce neither my first or last name properly? I guess they are just racist. Our companies are hiring outside, racists.. (lmao)

      • dr44

        No problem with what you’re saying. What I don’t get is how mispronouncing her name makes anyone racist.

      • Claudette Lynge

        Her name is spelled Quvenzhané. It’s exactly as important to spell it correctly as it is to say it correctly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Boyd/100001302412854 Mark Boyd

      69 people obviously aren’t black

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        Aren’t you taking a rather gross liberty in assuming the race of everyone who gave the comment an “up vote”?

      • Truit Beasley

        Wrong! Black does not automatically equal ghetto!

        • Harry A

          being named Quvenzhane doesnt make you ghetto either.

          • Truit Beasley

            It doesn’t help! If she wasn’t cute and in showbiz, it would be a different story.

    • S.P.

      I say just call her Miss Wallis and move on. :::sigh:::

    • Kyle Schroeck

      I would say Miss Wallis (Wallace?)

    • http://twitter.com/DontDoBasic BrownSkinnedBeauty

      seriously? Because you are too simple to be able to pronounce a name other than ashley or samantha is not a shame on her parents its a shame on you to think that the rest of the world should think about your ignorance prior to naming their child so that you would potentially get it right…no one gives a shit that you cant pronounce her name its the fact that she was at the oscars, they have one fucking job to do and it is not to refer to her as Lil Q smh

      • MD_Sailor

        Really? Have you Googled her name? It’s made up. There is no correct pronunciation available because it does not exist in any dictionary. I even searched all African languages and Swahili in particular.. does not exist .. I’m sure she has had to correct people her whole short life just as anyone would with a non traditional name or Made up name for that matter…. I’m sick a tired of people being tagged a racist because of ignorance.. it seems that the default response these days is to label someone a racist if they disagree with someone and the argument cannot be won based on the facts at hand… what is this world coming to…..

      • DreadPirateStarbucks

        Yeah and at the Golden Globes they spelled Anne Hathaway’s name Ann. And she threw a shiznit fit #becauseracism(TM)!!! Give. Me. A. Break.

    • jvp3

      I can pronounce it just fine. Took a few minutes to learn how, but it’s not that hard. You can say “Zsa-Zsa Gabor,” can’t you? Who the fuck names their kid “Zsa-Zsa”? Hungarians, usually. And Hungary is in Europe. How about those Irish names, like Caoilfhionn or Oillill? Those crazy Irish people, naming their kids with names that uneducated Americans have a hard time saying! It’s just so unfair that the world doesn’t revolve around white Americans, isn’t it?

      Enough with the Eurocentrism and white supremacy already.

  • Netmilsmom

    So how is it pronounced?

    • NRPax

      “Lisa”, first syllable stressed.

    • Catchance

      Kwuh-VEN-ja-nay

      • Claudette Lynge

        Making that “u” do double duty, eh?

  • Michelle

    Can’t pronounce a name justifies playing the race card? Oh, RIGHT ON! I’ve been waiting all my life for an opportunity to play the race card and I think I just stumbled on it! My last name is mispronounced 90% of the time (it’s French-Canadian and has a bunch ‘o letters that remain silent, but folks ignorant of how French works, try to say my name using the letters). Most just give up and call me Michelle A., so that means it’s racist? Booya! I get to use the race card! I get to use the race card!

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Michelle, When I was in the Navy, just about everyone that had a really long, unpronounceable name was called “Ski.” My name only has 4 letters and it’s very rare that anyone gets it correct that first time. I never realized it was because they were racists.

      • Cool_Arrow

        What’s happenin’ Boat?

      • Michelle

        Well then, a Race Card for you too, good Sir! My last name ends with “eault” and that part is pronounced simply as “oh” (don’t ask, I don’t know, blame those wacky French people). But folks always try to say it as “eeyalt” Next person who does that, Ima tell them they’re RACIST!

        • Guest

          Gotye spells his name that way now because too many people couldn’t pronounce Gauthier. Bloody frogs 😉

          • http://twitter.com/LarryFransson Larry Fransson

            Funny, because if he had left it as Gauthier, I would have known how to pronounce it. Up until this moment, I’d been pronouncing it “got-ya”, or maybe “got-ye”…at least on those rare occasions that I had to think about it.

            People tend to think my last name is French, and pronounce it as if it was. It often gets misspelled if I don’t spell it out. Ignorance of Scandinavian names is inexcusable. Race card!

          • $7610427

            In Louisiana, Gauthier is sometimes pronounced “goshay”…

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            I was surprised the first time I saw/heard the name “Beaufort” pronounced as “Buford” down south. Tho to be fair, about the only other context I knew it from was the meteorological Beaufort Scale.

            (“BOH-fort”.)

          • Worship Dancer

            haha the first time i saw that in the south i pronounced it CORRECTLY but was “corrected” to the buford pronunciation.

        • WisconsinPatriot

          {squinshing face really hard} who doesn’t know that?………. That is FAR easier than some of the Polish and Slavic names common in these parts. Man you REALLY need a race card to play!

          • Michelle

            Who doesn’t know how to pronounce eault? Folks in California, far from the Canadian border. You being in Wisconsin, of course folks there would know how to pronounce it considering you’re on the…Canadian border. I bet there are quite a few Mexican last names I can pronounce that would stump you.

          • Catchance

            Ha! Listen to the GPS voice mispronouncing some of the street names that are in Spanish, like ‘cholla’. (There’s a street in my subdivision called ‘Noche de Paz’. The GPS pronounces it ‘Nock Pass’.)

          • Michelle

            I have some giggles when friends/family visit me from Boston. My fave mispronunciation was when a cousin asked, “What’s Lah Jawla” when she saw La Jolla.

          • WisconsinPatriot

            Actually……..we are in an area of large dairy farms. That means LOTS of hispanics of various origins. The Mexican last names are kind of simple…….the Cuban and Puerto Rican last names can really be some tongue twisters and I do get them wrong a lot. But, being a “gringo” it just goes with the territory.

        • $36544368

          I’ve got a similar problem. My first name has 5 letters it, and is never pronounced correctly the first time. It also rhymes with ‘berry’, and is sometimes used as a not-so-nice slang word in certain contexts. When I corrected people with the right pronunciation while growing up, people would constantly ask me if someone had ‘popped it’. I was literally chased down the street during my teenage years by boys who wanted to bully and tease me…they all grew up to be liberals, I’m sure. Oh, and Michelle, I would have pronounced your last name correctly, because I am familiar with the car that has that similar ending, and I would have automatically pronounced it the way you pronounce the name of the car :-)

          • Michelle

            Thankfully my parents gave me an easy to correctly pronounce name, the only real annoyance associated with it are the folks who, upon meeting me and hearing my name, start singing the Beatles song. Like, OMG, that’s sooooo totally original! Yes, my last part of my last name is pronounced exactly like the car maker – Renault. Decades ago when Renault cars were more popular and folks knew that name, I would use it as an example. It doesn’t work well today, the brand name isn’t so common.

          • la shanequa x

            Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble.

      • Worship Dancer

        ha i got my nickname in the AF the SAME way my DAD got HIS nickname in the Navy & the SAME way my SIS got HER nickname, was really fun when she & i were on leave phone rang & they asked for charli – asked which one – female one – which one. hehe if u didn’t know branch of service u were up a creek.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      My name is NEVER pronounced correctly. I just thought that……..maybe no-one shares my heritage and they have never seen a messed up last name like mine. I get over that IMMEDIATELY!

    • nc

      My last name is constantly bungled by people who don’t know me, so I:
      1. understand, and spell it immediately when volunteering it
      2. understand and help out when well meaning people try to pronounce it but are struggling, or
      3. immediately recognize an unsolicited phone call and can screen or dispatch quickly.
      It would never occur to me to be “insulted” and I truly believe this little girl and her family don’t feel that way either. It’s these idiots that feel they are “defending” her.

    • TexSizzle

      My last name is a common breakfast meat starting with the letter B, hence the “Sizzle” in my nom de plume. It’s amusing, in the 16th-century and 21st-century meanings of the word, how many people mispronounce it.

      Now, if I play the race card as a result, do I need to reply to myself with my standard: “Your race card has been rejected for being over the limit. Please submit an alternative form of payment”?

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        In one of my previous occupations, I met a gentleman at his house; I had his name written down — Bogus. I thought I’d play it safe and addressed him pronouncing it “Boggus.” Nope. He gave me an annoyed look and said, “Bogus.”

    • Marie

      LOL. My surname is Spanish and everybody gets it wrong. I’m not bothered by it, though.

      Liberals are so sensitive about this stuff.

    • plumberskid

      You should try having an Italian name sometime…..

      • Michelle

        I have a French last name – they are as challenging as Italian last names.

    • STFU bitches

      Damn! You go girl!

      It’s not fair that minorities have been oppressed and your skin color gives you privilege that they will never have! Gitchu some!

      Those lucky bastards always getting pulled over because they look suspicious, or making less money than white people ACROSS THE BOARD for doing the same job with the same qualifications! Guuuurl, they got it made!

      How dare a black CHILD actress think she should have the common courtesy to be called by her name!

      Black folk been keeping the race card to themselves for way too long! White people can be discriminated against too!

      *this has been a sarcastic post, in case you though I actually felt sorry for your lily white ass for a split second. maybe people don’t bother learning how to say your name because you are a bad person. I’m 10000% sure it’s not because of your whiteness.*

      (By the way, anyone who refers to the “race card” is RACIST and can STFU!)

      • Michelle

        It must be very difficult going through life so angry and that chip on your shoulder must get very heavy at times. I hope things get better for you! On the other hand, some folks aren’t happy in life unless they’re playing a perpetual victim. Perhaps that is you. By the way, girl – not knowing how to pronounce a person’s name isn’t racist in the least bit of the definition of that word, but folks like you choosing to think it is only feeds your much-loved sense of being a victim. You go girl!

        • STFU bitches

          I’m only angry at myself for getting into a discussion on this page…sigh..

          I’m white. I’m not the victim here.

          I am sticking up for a kid and YOU are suggesting that she doesn’t deserve the same respect as any other actress on that red carpet.

          You’re the one that cried “race card”.

          • Claudette Lynge

            I gave my white son an Asian name because it was meaningful to me. The first part ends in “ng” and the second part begins with “h”. The space is an integral part of the name. If you don’t put it in, people’s eyes cross and they try to turn the “gh” into an “f” sound like in laugh, like Bou-fan. Or else they ignore me the six times that we tell them both words are his first name, and address him as XXXng.

            He loves his name. I regained my senses when he started a new school in the 4th grade and we gave him an American nickname. When he started middle school, he went back to his Asian name. He said, “That’s been my name since I was born, and it’s my real name, and I think it’s kind of cool.

            He atually got into a sticky wicket recently when he started student teaching. Supervising teacher was very abusive (not just a subjective opinion, she has been taken off the list and won’t be sent student teachers any more. One of my son’s professors speculated that she was expecting some demure Asian girl and instead got an energetic young man with an outgoing manner and a strong personality.

            I said, “That’s kind of racist, isn’t it?” And he said, “Yeah, but I’m not going to argue with my professor when she’s actually sticking up for me.”

            And my name is very common but spelled with four letters intead of five, like the Laras above.

            There are at least 3 ways to spell it wrong, including the people who hear it on the phone and inexplicably think it starts with P instead of T.

            What I find espeically amusing is in email, where my display name has my four-letter name, and I sign it with my four-letter name, and they still mispell it. The topping was when a woman named Genevieve got snotty about people who misspell her name, and began it by spelling my name wrong.

            You can spend your life like Genevieve or you can go with “I don’t care what you call me, just don’t call me late for dinner.”

      • Claudette Lynge

        I got pulled over in a black neighborhood by a visually impaired policeman who profiled my very dirty old car and my black hair and screeched me to the side of the road. He walked up to the window and said, Oh, never mind we’re looking for a black woman. Driving while poor in the wrong neighborhood has consequences.

  • skypilot77

    As an old Monty Python sketch portrayed a man whose name was spelled “Raymond Luxury-Yacht”, but it’s pronounced “Throatwobbler Mangrove”.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Beverage-nasal douche complete………thanks for the laugh!

    • Agha Memnun
    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      “You’re a very silly person and I’m not going to speak to you any more.”

      • $36544368

        Phydeaux = Fido

    • boogsmama

      I was never really into MP, but after your comment, I think I need to check him out….that was too damn funny lol

      • plumberskid

        Him? Oh, dear God…..

      • Blake Waymire

        Teresa… it’s a “they”. Look them up on Youtube.

  • spot_the_dog

    I still don’t know how to pronounce Reince Priebus’s name. I expect it’s ‘cos I’m racist.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Surprise me! Greeks are not a separate race,last I checked……..

      • Agha Memnun

        Orthodox Christian Greeks and Catholic Greeks are “white”, Muslim Greeks (yes, these exist) are “brown”. Even if they are of the same complexion–which they are, typically.

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          And many Turks have a very strong streak of white European blood, thanks to centuries of Janissary slavery. Wasn’t Ataturk himself extremely European, ethnically?

          • Agha Memnun

            Ataturk was a fair-skinned “Turk” of Albanian ancestry. The Ottomans were theocratic imperialists that happened to prefer European white skin to their naturally Asiatic complexion. Of course, the devsirme, which at its height forcibly converted Christian boys of Slavic, Greek, Albanian, Bulgar, Vlach, Magyar, and Saxon ancestry, is largely responsible for the “Europeanization” of the Turks. That, and the slave raids conducted by Turks and Tatars annually into Austria, Poland, Russia, Bohemia, et al.

          • autdrew4real

            thank you! people never seem to know how the slavs were taken as white slaves by the turks. Oh, and nobody can pronounce
            my name either, despite being the simplest polish name ever

          • MimiReed1234

            That and the fact that the ethnic Turks were a very small minority to begin with–conquering class only.

          • dukem1

            Janissary Ataturk…Now THAT is a substantial name!

    • grais

      How can that be racist? He’s not black.

    • Catchance

      Hahahaha.
      (Actually, I just heard him on Ricochet. It rhymes with ‘pints’.)

      • NC_Boy

        Really? How do you pronounce his first name? :)

    • boogsmama

      Hey now, don’t be “dissing” him LMFAO

  • $472942

    Maybe if she had a normal name we wouldn’t be having this inane conversation…

    • AaronHarrisinAlaska

      Normal? NORMAL?! DATS WACIST!

  • John (it true me am)

    People mispronounce my last name all the time and it is pretty basic. Never thought anyone was racist because of it.

    Pro-tip… Stop making up names or using random words from obscure languages that less than a thousand people speak worldwide and maybe there will be less of an issue to begin with. And no, that’s not a comment about African-Americans, tons of idiot white people name their kids terrible, terrible things too. The worst(while pronouncable) I’ve ever heard is in fact from a white couple, Pilot Standard Inspektor Reisgraf Lee(Jason Lee and Beth Resigraf’s kid).

  • chrisknitz

    My married name only has 5 letters and it is still mispronounced. Hers has 10 and they are all in a knot because people can’t pronounce it? When we eat out we use my maiden name, Wright, you can’t mess up that pronunciation. But you can misspell it, which Domino’s Pizza did in college. The box said “Write”.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      I just pictured an Obama voter at the pizza place.

      Pizza guy: Name please?
      You: Wright.
      Pizza guy: Duhhh, I can’t WRITE until you tell me your name.

      • $36544368

        I’ll top that…my step-mother (whose bulb is slightly dim), actually could not figure out what I meant when I tried to help her with a computer problem over the phone. I told her to ‘right click on the desktop’…she said, ‘how do I do that’. I said, ‘with your mouse’…she still didn’t get it…she thought she was supposed to write the word ‘click’ on the desktop, and had no idea how to do that…and I am not kidding…true story. I had to mute my phone to laugh my keister off, so as not to hurt her feelings. Needless to say, I don’t help her with her computer problems anymore…I still get the giggles when I think of that.

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          Great one! You are to be commended for muting for the laugh.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDX6MKQ3V5OZ3RG5FXUQIAJ5DU John

      Mine is 6 letters, of Irish origin, and NO ONE ever pronounces it correctly or even spells it correctly. When I was a kid I had more report cards with my name misspelled than correctly spelled. And to this day no one gets the pronunciation right, even coworkers.

      These people with their panties in a knot need to suck it up and buy a helmet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

    Dragon NS thinks it’s pronounced koi lo vaz n nay. Swing and a miss

  • http://twitter.com/stupid_republic Stupid Republic

    I could give a crap who she is. I guess I’ll take “racist” for 500, Alex.

  • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

    Yes, because not being able to pronounce names is racist; have you even seen Gaeilgh names? But calling her little q is pretty lazy.

    • waltzingmtilda

      Yep…I knew a girl call Neamh (“nav”) and one called Siobhan (shove-awn). Their names were always mis-pronounced…I don’t think racism ever occurred to them.

      • Guest

        Enya, aka Eithne… #raaaaacism!

  • TJ

    Three seconds and YouTube http://youtu.be/yYCXz4gFLOs

    When she was on Ellen. She pronounces herself when Ellen asks if she gets it wrong.

    • AaronHarrisinAlaska

      Because many of these names do in fact have African origins.

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Yeah that’s nice, and I think we kinda figured that out a while ago, ‘k? Just sayin if you’ve got a name like, don’t get bent outta shape if people have a hard time with it. And to be fair, apparently SHE doesn’t. It’s some bunch of Thought Police Racism Hall Monitors who have made this bizarre, near-lunatic, allegation.

  • http://twitter.com/raggman Steve Raggs

    I think some people are forgetting the definition of racism. Is it rude? Yes. Is it disrespectful if your job is to know these people as a journalist? Yes.

    It however is NOT racist.

    • John J. Virden

      Spot on Mr. Raggs. Racism/racist has become one of the most misused words in the English language.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has a name, yet no one whines that he is constantly called RG3.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Former Montana governor Mark Racicot had problems as well. His last name is pronounced “Roscoe.”

  • Joe W.

    Perhaps had her parents given her a more traditional and easier to pronounce name, folks could pronounce it without taking Ebonics classes. We speak English in the United States.

    • Michelle

      Her mother’s name is
      QULYNDREIA

      • Joe W.

        Good Lord!!! What’s wrong with Mary…Lisa…Susan…Karen…Kathy…MICHELLE…Sarah…Elizabeth…?? Why the need to make things Africanized??? Move to Africa if y’all want to speak Swahili or Mandinka or whatever…..Sheesh…

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDX6MKQ3V5OZ3RG5FXUQIAJ5DU John

          Funny thing is, there’s a website somewhere on the net where a guy from Africa talks about how ridiculous some of these Africanized names sound to people actually living there. For instance, he is careful to point out that Swahili has no “qua/qwa” sound *at all*, which makes all the names with those sounds flat-out absurd.

          • NRPax

            If you find that website, would you please post it somewhere others can find it? It sounds hilarious.

        • Bristel

          Sarah may be traditional, but it isn’t Anglo-Saxon, it’s Hebrew. Same as Elizabeth. Hebrew isn’t a European language. What about names of men like Tadhg? Is it ok if it is European? (It’s Gaelic)

          • Joe W.

            And I never said anything about Anglo-Saxon, either, did I?? What about names like Tadhg?? I don’t care if you name your kid Heriutypkzbrid, to tell you the truth. Just don’t be surprised and get yer panties in a wad when you are mocked and folks can’t pronounce it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDX6MKQ3V5OZ3RG5FXUQIAJ5DU John

    Fahrvergnügen?

    • Guest

      LOL!

    • grais

      Love it! Saw a black female comedienne once, making fun of black names and that was an example she chose. “Dassa purta name!”
      hilarious.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDX6MKQ3V5OZ3RG5FXUQIAJ5DU John

        Yeah, I have a long and highly selective memory.

        • TexSizzle

          Is your memory like mine? I never forget anything useless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/melika.jeddi Melika Jeddi

    If mispronouncing a name is suddenly racist, then every examiner I’ve ever had is racist… It’s a hard name, give the presenters a break!

  • Kevin Roe

    She herself said that she thinks it’s funny when people mispronounce her name. Good grief, if you’re gonna have a name like that, you have to expect some problems. Get over the stupid racist pronouncements.

  • Peyton

    Well how do you pronounce it. I’m already racist for being a conservative that disagrees with our President, I don’t want to sink further into a a racist lifestyle.

    • Joe W.

      I wear my “racism” as a badge of honor, Peyton. Proves I get under the moon bat liberal’s skin…

    • Lady 12

      I agree, just how do you pronounce it?

  • WisconsinPatriot

    When momma makes your name up out of thin air……….pardon the f#ck out of ME if I can’t pronounce it!

  • grais

    At the risk of being called a racist (as if I care) does her name actually mean something in some language?

    • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

      It’s all in the Wikipedia article:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quvenzhan%C3%A9_Wallis

      “‘Quven’, the first part of her name, combines her parents’ first names, while her mother has stated that zhané means ‘fairy’ in Swahili.”

      • Bristel

        Seems that Zhané was also a r&b/hip-hop soul duo in the 90s.

  • Guest

    Enya’s given name is Eithne, but she got tired of being called EYEth-nee so she went phonetic for her stage name.

    • Lady 12

      That must be a Gaelic name. The languages of the British Isles are the only ones I know that so totally ignore phonetics.

      • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

        It doesn’t ignore phonetics, it ignores English. Which is fitting, because she’s not English!

        • Lady 12

          Okay, sorry, that came out harsher than I meant it to. I simply find it a little mind-boggling that the “e” in Enya replaces four letters.

          • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

            Is it so much more shocking than the fact that the “nya” in Enya replaces only two letters? lol

          • Elena0412

            It’s a lib troll. Ignore it.

  • Blake Waymire

    I’m noticing that the most insane names tend to come from a very specific segment of the American population… seriously, give your kids a name most people in this country can actually pronounce! It’s not hard, people. You’ll be saving your children a lot of pain in the future by not giving them names like “Quvenzhane”! And to think I’m irritated at a friend of mine for naming her daughter “Zaya”…

    • Claudette Lynge

      There’s always the option of using a more typical name as the first name and letting imagination run wild on the middle name. If the kid likes it she/he can go by the middle name.

  • spot_the_dog

    Bqhatevwr!

    • Guest

      FRED! How’ve you been? It’s me, Dwohhgctd (pronounced Bob)

    • $36544368

      Spot, you’ve got the word ‘hate’ in the middle of your name (Bq’hate’vwr)…LOL

      • TexSizzle

        When people say “Whatever” in a dismissive manner, maybe we should point out the 2nd-5th letters to them. 😉

  • freeinaz

    Please somebody post the list of things we can say that aren’t considered racist. I’d hate to not be politically correct. #stupidity

    • Jack Deth

      Tapioca

      That’s all I got.

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Tapioca is white, baby. . .

        • Rabid

          It’s kinda off-white..

    • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

      Stupidity is using hashtags in a comments section. That is all.

  • Jack Deth

    She can just go ghoti!

  • descolada9

    She is an amazing young lady and will be a talented force in acting for years to come. But couldn’t her parents have had the decency to name her something pronounceable???

  • skypilot77

    I think Johnny Cash sang about this.

    Well my daddy left home when I was three
    And he didn’t leave much to ma and me
    Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
    Now, I don’t blame him cause he run and hid
    But the meanest thing that he ever did
    Was before he left, he went and named me “Quvenzhané”

  • DrSamHerman

    Who on earth is she?
    I pity the kid. Her parents named her something that looks like an injectable antipsychotic brand.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Oh you racist!

      • DrSamHerman

        I know. I’m a racist Latino. Been told that makes me a “white Hispanic”. I’m really only Spanish on my dad’s side. The rest is Portuguese, French, German and Native South American. But I’m 100% American and conservative and it drives Democrats crazy because I’m also a physician, a faithful Catholic, married with a beautiful Uruguayan wife (I’m Argentinian by heritage), with four married and employed children and 12 grandchildren and I vote Republican.

  • Netmilsmom

    Here she is saying her name.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5LUceVGuEo

  • Tish

    Supercalifragilisticexpeealidocious ! I am one hell of a racist, I cant even spell it let alone say it

  • Will P.

    Who the hell is Quvenzhane Wallis? And why should we care?

  • Steve_J

    Instead of bitching, why don’t those twits provide the pronunciation?

  • jtgun

    How many people can say Johann Wolfgang von Goethe correctly? And why is she more important than him ?

    • http://twitter.com/JackBlair69 Jack Blair

      GER-tha

    • Elena0412

      Yoh-hawn Voolfgang Fon Guh-tuh. But this girl’s name? No.

      • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

        You edited it? What a loser. Funnier because you were closer the first time.

  • KhadijahMuhammad

    It would be racist if her name was a real name in some minority culture, but it’;s not — it’s something her parents slapped together out of two parts.,

  • Gothguy

    OK, maybe I am ignorant, but what the hell is a “cafe E” ? Never heard of that. And for those decrying the mispronunciation of her name, explain to me how some one in the minority community can mispronounce my first name…Frank. (And yes, it has happened, many times.)

    • TexSizzle

      My guess is an e with an acute accent over it, é. Why cafe e, I have no clue.

      • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

        Guess: Because the word “cafe” gets the acute accent in French (café).

        As an aside: I always find it funny when Yanks substitute an apostrophe for an accent (e.g. cafe’). Worse still is using an accent where one doesn’t belong (e.g. “Curél”).

  • SideshowJon36

    What’s so hard about saying Wallis?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ted.nemec.9 Ted Nemec

    How about these “diverse” families name their kids like traditional people have many years before instead of these names people roll their eyes at because they are so utterly ridicules.

    • Raye09

      On my grandmothers street, there is actually a kid named LaDiahmonde. This is in a run of the mill, working class neighborhood, not the projects. It used to be this sort of thing was confined to the ghetto and only low-class ignorant people did things like this, now it is mainstream among black americans. In addition to these names being utterly ridiculous, NONE of them have roots in africa or any country, they are simply made-up. Seriously me and my siblings all have a biblical hebrew or latin name. People think it’s odd our names are so “boring”.

      My thought is if you want to give your kid a unique name make sure most people can pronounce it, and make sure it is a real name, not made up drivel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ted.nemec.9 Ted Nemec

    Enough already, sick of Shaneequa, LaMichael, Fahquir. This is America not africa, this is what comes with telling people for the last 40 years their african-american. No your an American who happens to be black. Get back to John, David, Kevin, Shirley, Mary and enough of these african studies names that people here when you read about every shooting or welfare sow in the country. That’s why we ROLL our eyes.

    • Bristel

      Your last name is Nemec (Slavic?), why don’t you change your name to something a little more “American” sounding? 😛

      • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

        “Ted” is probably short for Teodor, or perhaps Tadeáš. Guess he didn’t want to write a Czech that his ass can’t caš…

        • Bristel

          Of course I don’t expect him to change his name, but that joke is awesome. My last name isn’t Netz, but it is a translation of my real last name.

        • JR48

          Really great joke. Coming as a slav, I thought that I had heard them all. Bonus points for you because it’s not only funny, but it’s a new one.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    “Only” borderline not to know how to say this? WTF did Mamma do, grab a handful of Scrabble tiles?

    /There, that racist enough for you leftards?
    //Actually no it isn’t. I would have made the same remark regardless of her ancestry.

  • Jay Stevens

    Once, I served with a guy named Crnko (Polish). He pronounced it “Crink-o”.

    • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

      What? You didn’t call him “Little C”?

      Oh, right. Assault rifles.

      • JR48

        As someone with a Polish background, married to a guy with a Russian last name, I can assure you that this guy had some sort of a nickname for that very reason. When my brother was in the military, he was immediately dubbed “Ski”.

        I’ve got relatives who have names that literally have no vowels. One of them has three z’s in it. It just invokes laughter even when we try to pronouce them because we’ve all learned not to take it personally and don’t have overblown expectations.

        • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

          Military types often have nicknames, regardless of how pronounceable their given names are. As you can see above, this guy had no trouble pronouncing the guy’s name…once he took the time to learn it.

          People are making this about this girl’s name, when the real problem is LAZY ARSEHOLES ON TV. Their job is to say people’s names, day in and day out, and they are paid handsomely to do so. Why should they get a free pass when it’s a little black girl who has a name that white people don’t like? I’ve never heard anyone mispronounce “Schwarzenegger”!

          Seriously, few things grind my gears like primped and preened douchebags who read a prompter for a living opting for cop-outs like “Little Q”. The pronunciation is not top secret, it’s out there for anyone who wants to know it. If I was being paid a six- (or seven-) figure salary to run my flaps on the telly, believe me, I would NAIL it every time.

  • Bristel

    Well, sorry, but if it’s not written in the International Phonetic Alphabet, I won’t get it. She should respell her name /kwəˈvɛnʒəneɪ/.

  • Jack Levitt

    Little Q it shall forever be.

  • http://twitter.com/redsoxunixgeek Smitty 

    Here is my thing. People ask me all the time if my First Name (Smith) is really my last name… and then make cracks about my last name and having two last names. I feel like I need to contact the department of picked on white guys (DPWG) and file an official complaint.

  • Guest

    Here it is in a nutshell. YOU’RE A RACIST if you’re white and not some crybaby, sniveling, bedwetting JACKASS.

    • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

      I guess you’re not a racist then. Bravo.

  • michael s

    very telling all of these comments. yet you pretend to be upset at the onions racist attack on this young girl. at 9 she’s accomplished a lot ,through hard work. i thought that’s what you admire(hard work). at least she’s not mooching for money like your little darling bethany botwa.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      A) The Onion blurb was not a racial attack.
      B) Did anyone imply that she did not work?
      C) Who is Bethany Botwa?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

    Speaking of butchered names and “racial attacks” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzx5R9_u3ts

  • Raye09

    I can’ t pronounce her name and I am black. Does that make me an Uncle Tom?

    • Elena0412

      To a liberal? Yes.

      • Raye09

        LOL,Thank you for clarifying this for me(I get called an uncle tom and self hater all the time though, so it’s no big deal)

    • Mary

      LOL

  • John

    I blame her mother.

  • Laurie Rabinashad

    Oh, give me a break. Mispronouncing the name of a black girl is racist. I’m a 60 year old white Grandma. No one ever pronounces my easy name correctly. Racist? Hardly. Just lazy, unaware, careless, or maybe someone with a reading hardship. Why the HECK does EVERYTHING have to be racial? Grow up, people!

  • Moe Chughtai

    Okay enough with the racist crap. I understand not being able to pronounce her name is irresponsible, but not EVERYTHING in the world has to be racist. #Growup

  • Elena0412

    I am changing my name to Jzkytwsslpohnlqanbtjdjkjj. Those who mispronounce it are nothing but misogynists.

    • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

      How is it correctly pronounced?

      (See how easy that was?)

      • Elena0412

        Zhà-kway-tan-seiss-pawhń-zhaa-quin-gyuss. Simple.

        • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

          A simple name for a simpleton. Figures.

          • Elena0412

            Liberal ad hominem attacks. Try a real comeback.

          • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

            Is there such a thing as a “comeback” that isn’t an ad hominem?

            Ah, the teabagger brain trust hard at…thought.

          • American Avant Garde

            ^ Get back in your cage DAVID!

            Sorry everyone, David Brock managed to get out of the 5-point harness and get access to a computer again…

  • http://www.facebook.com/toby.idler Toby Idler

    Nobody blames the child for having a stupid name.

    And it’s got nothing to do with race.

    It is the ridiculous pretension of her parents in giving it to her

  • charrenee

    People who have race on the brain 24/7 and bring race into conversations that it has no part in shows they are the real racist.

  • http://twitter.com/0_Canada Jesus H. Schmesus

    There is a special joy in watching teabagger nutters *defending* the evil Emm Ess Emm for sloppy journalism and incompetence.

  • Guest

    Perhaps that name is an evolution from the classical “nouveau noir” appellations,
    such as Chlamydia or Shabazz.

  • Feliks Gailitis

    Almost no one has ever said my name correctly! Bunch of racists!

  • Conrad2010

    It’s disrespectful to name a person w/
    such an asinine name to begin with.

  • Deborah Engles

    What the hell is this shit that because we can’t pronounce her name we’re racist…there goes the pathetic old race card being played again…doesn’t suprise me in the slightest!

  • JR48

    Sometimes names are difficult, Twitter nation. I’ve been spelling either my maiden or married surname for my entire life and my situation is much less difficult than this young lady’s… Have a theoretically simple first name, that’s been mispronounced too. All have been misspelled, sometimes hilariously so. I use the old joke, ‘call me anything you want, just don’t call me late for dinner’ for decades. And then I start spelling. I’ve given up on the pronunciation. It also doesn’t bother me. Get bothered by this stuff and you’ll be perpetually bothered.

    It’s not racist if your name is unusual to the general population. Most especially if you are the only one with that name.like this young lady. I fault her parents for creating this situation for her. No one magically is given a name, it’s given to you by your parents. People are free to name their children what they want to, but when you saddle your kid with a complicated name that is not generic to the general population, you doom them to having the long “I can’t spell it or say it” response from everyone else, for the rest of their lives.

    After going through it myself, when I had kids I gave them simple and very common first names. My daughter’s has four letters in it, my son has five. They still misspell my daughter’s name. LOL I imagine that I could have named my kid “D” and someone would say “did you say G?”

    Overreaction and hyperbole lives on Twitter. They’re calling it racist because the child is African American not because of the obvious difficulty of her name.

  • bod ach beag

    I think it is an over reaction to claim the race card on this one, yes, it is rude to not research a name but you must lay some blame on her mother as well. the kids in her school probably couldn’t pronounce it either till they were corrected. the race card is out though. My last name has an s at the end that certain people drop off, is that racist, I think not just stupidity. someone who is paid to talk on the television have people around them that research these things though and it was rude of the host to not even try .

  • http://twitter.com/LoveTheRepublic Truk

    Who gives a crap? We have a pack of hyenas trying to disassemble our great country and we’re worried about what a bunch of race baiters think? They should have called her Jane.

  • francesca9

    i do not even know who she is and all of this over pronouncing her name is racist to me. i don’t care how to pronounce it!

  • http://twitter.com/ShiningCity Andy Potter

    So how the hell DO you say her name?

  • Ron Blaise

    No, I probably can’t say her name correctly as I never heard of her until today. Racist? I don’t think so but you jerks probably are who state otherwise.

  • disqus_FlD2VMR2RJ

    Not knowing how to pronounce a name doesn’t make air headed commentators racists; it shows them to be unprofessional, lazy, inept bobble heads.

  • Herman LaClair

    just because you’re too lazy (or ignorant) to do your job and learn to pronounce the names of celebrities you are supposed to be covering doesn’t make you a racist…just lazy and ignorant.

  • kmne68

    I don’t think it is racist but I think it is disrespectful. But still pales compared to what The Onion called her.

  • http://twitter.com/janetank1 Sheila Jane (Cuddly)

    It is wrong to call someone by something other than their name just because you don’t know how to pronounce it. I went on to wiki and found this, so easy to do, kwuh-ven-jah-nay.I wouldn’t say it was racist tho just ignorant.

  • BlackIcePrincess

    Who is she? I’ve never heard of her either…. and how do you say her name?

  • nomstar

    I really wish these stupid, ignorant people would look up what ‘racism’ actually means before so carelessly throwing it around…

  • EdC

    I think when a parent gives someone a name like that….they are asking for it to be unpronounceable…so if that makes me a racist…so be it. Give the kid a name that anyone can pronounce. She is a very pretty girl….and if she stays in movies…it will probably get changed or nicknamed.

  • LissaKay

    So it’s better what The Onion called her??

    Oh, and my entire life, the majority of people I have met have trouble pronouncing my name … yes, really, apparently it is that difficult … can I claim racism or sexism because of that? Gee … I’ve missed out on a golden opportunity for victimhood!

  • Michael Parker

    Well, how do you pronounce her name?

  • peoplectr

    LOL I am polish and I have trouble pronouncing Polish names. Guess I’m racist against my own.

  • Caves45

    Again !

  • Caves45

    and No !

  • Mary

    How is it racist to not want to ‘kill’ her name by saying it wrong? She has a ‘hard’ name no matter where it came from. This is a ridiculous argument. Go find a real problem.

  • Russell Bevan

    Pathetic, lazy, unprofessional? Yes. Racist? No. Stop making everything about race. What if it were Bjork or Zach Galifianakis? Those are just as difficult to pronounce yet you couldn’t call that racist.

  • Lisa Mann LaDuke

    try naming your kid something the rest of the world can pronounce and stop complaining about everything and calling it racist.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2JBHEN7AXG2FYQHDZPT2TIRN3U Jeanette Victoria

    What kind of a moron names their kid Quvenzhané?

  • MD_Sailor

    Really? Have any of you Googled her name? It’s made up. There is no correct pronunciation available because it does not exist in any dictionary. I even searched all African languages and Swahili in particular.. does not exist .. I’m sure she has had to correct people her whole short life just as anyone would with a non traditional name or Made up name for that matter…. I’m sick a tired of people being tagged a racist because of ignorance.. it seems that the default response these days is to label someone a racist if they disagree with someone and the argument cannot be won based on the facts at hand… what is this world coming to…..

  • $35038462

    The word “racist” was coined by none other than Leon Trotsky: http://penetrate.blogspot.com/2010/01/racist-word-invented-by-ussrs-leon.html

  • $22639970

    Typical of the lazy asses in the chattering classes. They can’t bother to take the time to learn how to pronounce the name of a fellow celebrity, as if their lives are so busy with more important stuff.

  • http://owsusefulidiots.blogspot.com/ Truth Has No Agenda

    I call names like this a “scrabble” names. They are made up nonsensical names just to make yourself fell more ‘special’ then you really are!

    Maybe if people can’t say stupid names like this – they will stop naming kids like this.

    Another example of not wanting to blend into a homogeneous society.

    Plus someone needs to tell this little actress to have SOME humility Even at age 9 you need to keep your ego in check.

  • Eric Hutchison

    Count me as a racist then. I can’t pronounce her name.

  • Guest

    Well, I have never been to this website and should probably have read the comments and their responses before getting involved. Almost everyone who stands up for the CHILD, Quvenzhane Wallis, gets voted down. Goes to show the mentality of the people who frequent this website (or is it just a reflection of humanity in general?). Either way, I’ve learned a lot about this community today.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    Naming someone a random series of letters and syllables or intentionally misspelling names or inventing so-called names out of the ether is a form of child abuse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Warren/100001648091118 Stephanie Warren

    Quav, zen heim?

  • BeeKaaay

    That means that the Onion is racist. They pronounce her name with the c-word.

  • Guest

    Naming your kid gibberish is racist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pranotihiggs Pranoti Higgs

    Wow if I had a dime for every time my name was mispronounced.

  • http://baldilocks-talking.blogspot.com/ Juliette Akinyi Ochieng

    Cute kid. That is all.

  • Elena0412

    Her fans called Billie Holiday “Lady Day.” But that was fine since so many of them were not white.