Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Dumbing it down for Americans
The Tennis Channel has several of the expected "I'm Big-Name Player, and you're watching The Tennis Channel" spots. Yesterday, I saw one in which Justine Henin painfully mispronounces her name--the entire thing--so that it will sound "American." We already have several highly paid commentators who are too lazy and ignorant to learn to pronounce players' names; now we have a sports venue that obviously requests mispronunciations. Because we wouldn't want Americans to have to learn anything. I'm disappointed that Henin complied with this ridiculous request.