Rihanna. Ree-ah-na. Ree-ann-a.
Those of us who have American accents are likely pronouncing the pop singer's name the exact same way, and have been doing so since she made her mainstream music debut all the way back in 2005.
But it turns out that almost 15 years after we've watched Rih drop chart-topping albums, create a beauty brand, launch a lingerie line, and even design her own luxury clothing, we've done her the greatest disservice. We've been saying her name wrong the entire freaking time.
America as a whole is really messed up right now, but the way we've been mistreating Rihanna is the MOST unacceptable.
She's more than a decade into a massively successful career, and apparently we never even bothered to get the pronunciation of her name right. And coming from a person whose name gets butchered in every possible way, this is truly outrageous. She's famous, for God's sake.
Think about it. "Pon De Replay" came out on May 24, 2005.
One year from now will mark the 15-year anniversary of the very moment Rihanna became a national sensation. That means we've been incorrectly pronouncing her name for more than a decade. Almost 15 years. We truly are the worst.
And to make matters worse, here's a clip of Rihanna clarifying the pronunciation all the way back in 2012.
Y'all! She warned us! Seven whole years ago! We didn't listen at all, clearly. Better start practicing your long A sounds: Ree-ann-a, Ree-ann-a, Ree-ann-a. Ugh.
And as it turns out, people are pretty split down the middle about how they say Rihanna's name.
This yet-to-be-concluded Twitter poll from the user who started this argument shows that the divide between people who say "Re-ann-a" and "Re-ah-na," is almost 50-50.
Frankly, we're shocked that Badgal is even putting up with this nonsense.
It doesn't seem like Badgal to put up with people disrespecting her in any way, shape, or form. But hey, she's got several million-dollar industries floating around. She's likely got better things to worry about than the public slightly mispronouncing her name.