Poor Quvenzhane! Ricky Gervais purposely butchered her name while presenting at the Golden Globe Awards. He mentioned how he practiced her name, so he wouldn’t mess up like John Travolta did when saying Idina Menzel’s name at the 2014 Oscars. Clearly, he was joking.
Ricky Gervais loves to make people laugh, but when he purposely mispronounced Quvenzhane Wallis‘ name, after bragging that he practiced saying it, at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 11, fans on Twitter became outraged.
Ricky Gervais Mispronounces Quvenzhane Wallis’ Name At Golden Globes
After congratulating himself for supposedly saying the actress’ name correctly (he did not), Ricky said, “A John Travolta moment. I still watch that on YouTube every now and then.”
Ricky was, of course, referencing John’s famous flub of Idina Menzel‘s name at the 2014 Oscars. Instead of saying the “Let It Go” singer’s name correctly, John pronounced it “Adele Dazeem.”
While a lot of people still joke about John’s flub to this day, fans were not too thrilled with Ricky’s jab at Quvenzhane.
Ricky Gervais Disses Quvenzhane Wallis — Fans React
Quvenzhané’s name is not a joke. I wish she won so she could have thrown some shade at Ricky Gervais.
— Kennedy Zimet (@KennedyZimet) January 12, 2015
Just a reminder that when Roger Ebert couldn’t even speak on his own, he made sure his electronic device pronounced “Quvenzhané” right.
— Ren Jender (@renjender) January 12, 2015
Quvenzhané Wallis is like, “You’ve been practicing, Ricky, but you still did not get my name right. IT AIN’T THAT HARD!” #GoldenGlobes
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) January 12, 2015
If you can pronounce Tchaikovsky you can pronounce Quvenzhané. Welcome to 2015.
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) January 12, 2015
Ricky Gervais actually did NOT pronounce Quvenzhané Wallis’ name correctly. Just saying. #goldenglobes
— rachelsklar (@rachelsklar) January 12, 2015
We definitely feel bad for Quvenzhane. As difficult as her name looks, it’s not really not that hard to say. Plus, she’s only 11 years old. Is it really fair to play a joke on Quvenzhane at such a big event?
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— Chris Rogers