This past Thursday, comedian Hasan Minhaj stopped by Ellen to speak with the titular host, Ellen DeGeneres.
Seconds into the interview, DeGeneres mispronounces his name.
In all likelihood, most of us have been mispronouncing his name for quite some time. She says HaSAN MinHAJ, stressing the second syllable in his first and last name.
Minhaj decided to clear things up once and for all, and explain that his name is in fact HAsan MINhaj, stressing the first syllable of his first and last name.
A video of the interchange can be seen below.
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Minhaj made the good point that if people learned how to say actor Ansel Elgort's name correctly, they could learn how to say his correctly. He also joked that he sometimes gives Timothée Chalamet's name at Starbucks, figuring it'll be easier for the baristas.
Minhaj's parents were in the audience to cheer him on, which made the discussion of Minhaj's name all the more special and important.
@TheEllenShow @hasanminhaj Same same Hasan— Fahma🧞♀️Muse🧞♀️ (@Fahma🧞♀️Muse🧞♀️)1554400914.0
Having been called "Taja" more times than I care to remember, I can relate to the point @hasanminhaj makes about th… https://t.co/2OeWE0dyvF— Mohammad A. Taha (@Mohammad A. Taha)1554666083.0
@hasanminhaj same pain here bro... They pronounce my name horribly... Sometime its so annoying that, I turn back an… https://t.co/pg9V30ezYb— Hashib (@Hashib)1554507370.0
Many were impressed by his choice to take the moment to explain it.
@pronounced_ing @hasanminhaj Hasan's insistence on correct pronunciation was astounding to see - especially on such… https://t.co/w5QFeH5MK6— Selina Huynh (@Selina Huynh)1554535639.0
@hasanminhaj Yes! Correct pronunciation is everything! I’m so glad you made this distinction in the proper way to say your name. 👏🏼👏🏼— ساره ياسمين (@ساره ياسمين)1554479262.0
@pronounced_ing @hasanminhaj that’s great @pronounced_ing @hasanminhaj. i always ask people how to properly pronou… https://t.co/p3ePKhnWn8— Shaunt Yemenjian (@Shaunt Yemenjian)1554575652.0
People's names are important.
Thank you Hasan Minhaj for the correction!