Barbra Streisand wants Siri to smarten up

We each have our own challenges in life. Some have it really bad — Syrian refugees come to mind.

Others have it, well, just kinda bad.

Like Barbra Streisand. Her challenge is Apple’s virtual assistant Siri. To be more precise, her challenge is the way Siri has been pronouncing the singer’s name all these years.

And that way, according to Streisand, is wrong.

As she recently told NPR’s Scott Simon, that voice inside her iPhone has been saying “Streizand,”  and not  “Streisand.”

Not one to be easily dismissed or put on hold, the maestra from Malibu picked up the phone and called the big cheese — Apple CEO Tim Cook — to have him take Siri to the woodshed. Or to at least get Siri to start pronouncing her name correctly.

“She pronounces my name wrong,” Streisand said. “Streisand with a soft S, like sand on the beach. I’ve been saying this for my whole career.”

Cook’s response?

Streisand said Cook “delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name, finally, with the next update on September 30th. So let’s see if that happens because I will be thrilled.”

While we join Barbra to await the newly updated Siri’s response next month, might we suggest some of these folks also pick up the phone and get Cook on the line? I mean, it’s never too early to be pro-active in the pronunciation department, right?

  1. Matthew McConaughey
  2. Demi Moore
  3. David Oyelowo
  4. Chiwetel Ejiofor
  5. Zach Galifianakis

And yes, Lupita Nyong’o, we’re looking at you!

 

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  • Xcalifornian

    At least Siri doesn’t have Streissand’s voice

 
 
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