Barbra Streisand tells off Aussie reporter in interview

Ok everyone, if you ever meet Barbra Streisand make sure you pronounce her name correctly! The legendary singer has scolded
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Ok everyone, if you ever meet Barbra Streisand make sure you pronounce her name correctly!

The legendary singer has scolded 60 Minutes reporter Michael Usher after he said her name in a typically ‘Aussie’ way.

Michael was interview Barbra for the show when he introduced her as Barbra Strei-zand. Big mistake.

In a preview clip for the interview which airs this weekend, Barbra quickly pulls him up.

“What’s my name?” she questions him after he says it.

“I got it wrong, didn’t I?” he sheepishly replies.

“You said it with a Z. You got a double whammy,” she says, before giving him a lesson on the importance of articulation and emphasis.

“Sand. Can you say ‘Barbra STREI-sand’, not ‘Strei-SAND’. STREI-sand,” she said.

“Barbra STREI-sand,” Micheal concluded.

“That’s right. He’s got it. My gosh, he’s got it,” she said.

Using a ‘z’ is a very Australian way of pronouncing her name as we tend to use a ‘z’ sound instead of an ‘s’.

We say ‘Auzzie’, but have you ever heard an American try to say it?

It comes out sounding like ‘Ausssssie’ – something Barbra would no doubt think is correct!

Are you a fan of Barbra Streisand? What the worst miss-pronunciation you’ve ever heard?

  1. I love Barbra , i heard a primary school Principal once say to the crowd at a school Fete , I sore him ( think he meant I saw him ) also was heard to say He did a draw r ing ( think he meant dra w ing )

    • Putting sn “R” where there isnt one drives me mad. If i hear the words “lorand order” and spoken by prominent supposedly educated citizens, one more time. Weeeellll.

  2. Riita DIG  

    iTS OK TO BE AUSSIE, BUT THERE IS A PLACE AND TIME TO DO JUST THAT.SHE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT IN EXPECTING SOME RESPECT IN PRONOUNCING HER NAME PARTICULARLY FOR A “SUPPOSEDLY SEASONED JOURNALIST” OR DO WE HAVE AMATEURS NOW IN 60 MINUTES – I THINK WE DO, BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE ARE AWARE THAT THE PROGRAM HAS DETERIORATED BADLY.
    GEORGE NEGUS OR RAY MARTIN WOULD NOT HAVE PRONOUNCED HER NAME WRONGLY – BECAUSE THEY WERE TRUE PROFESSIONALS IN THEIR FIELD AND DID THEIR RESEARCH ABOUT THE PERSON THEY WOULD BE INTERVIEWING TO SEE WHAT IRRITATED THAT PERSON AND THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.
    THE PROBLEM WITH US NOWDAY’S IS THAT WE THINK WE ARE ENTITLED TO DO WHAT EVER WE LIKE, BECAUSE WE CAN GET AWAY WITH JUST THAT – BUT WITH INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE BEEN LEGENDS – WE ARE THE ONES THAT LOOK LIKE IDIOTS TO THE REST OF THE WORLD NOT THEM. WE HAVE TO STOP THINKING THAT WE DONT REQUIRE TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND THAT ITS OKAY TO MAKE FUN OF EVERYTHING.

    • Maureen  

      Why are you shouting that’s not nice.

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