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Tucker Carlson doesn’t know know how to pronounce Kamala Harris’ name. Do you?

A guest had to correct the Fox News host.

Aug 11, 2020, 9:19 pm

Internet Culture


Mikael Thalen

The internet is attempting to correct the record on the pronunciation of “Kamala” Harris after the politician was announced as Joe Biden’s running mate on Tuesday.

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As news of her appointment made the rounds, Twitter users began noticing numerous mispronunciations across network television.

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The issue is undoubtedly a common one as Harris even went as far as to explain how to say her first name in her memoir.

Harris notes that her name is pronounced “comma-la, like the punctuation mark.”

Countless Twitter users were also hell bent on informing the public that her name was pronounced “comma-la” as well.

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Users also began pointing to common but incorrect pronunciations such as “cam-uh-luh” as well.

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Harris even produced a video with the sole task of informing people how to properly say her name back in 2016.

“People pronounce my name many different ways,” she tweeted at the time. “Let #KidsForKamala show you how it’s done.”

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The pronunciation fiasco reached a fever pitch after Fox News host Tucker Carlson blew up at a guest on his program after being corrected on the name.

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With Harris now the running mate of Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, it’s likely the country will see many mispronunciations and corrections in the coming weeks.

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*First Published: Aug 11, 2020, 9:19 pm