Barbra Streisand is annoyed with how Siri pronounces her name — stars, they’re just like us!
The Apple robot mispronounces the singer’s surname “Strei-zand,” not the correct “Strei-sand,” with a soft “s.” This is a big problem, so Babs leapt into action to rectify it.
“I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook, and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name, finally, with the next update on September 30,” Streisand said during a “Weekend Edition Saturday” NPR interview. “So, let’s see if that happens, because I’ll be thrilled.”
Streisand is currently on tour in a select number of cities across North America and is out-and-about promoting her new album of duets called “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.” Among the famous names involved in the collaboration are Anne Hathaway, Daisy Ridley, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jamie Foxx, Melissa McCarthy and Antonio Banderas.
In 2014, the EGOT winner — a nickname for the exclusive group of only 12 people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award — appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon.
“I was afraid that you were going to be more of a nightmare,” he told her candidly, marveling at how charming and down-to-earth she was. According to Fallon, if there was one person on the planet who’d earned the right to be a diva, it was Streisand.
She said that she’s “quite ordinary,” and that she and her husband James Brolin live a simple life. “We don’t really like the big time stardom thing, so we stay home most of the time,” she explained. “That’s why I’m gonna write a book,” Streisand said. “Because I swear to God these myths are so far-fetched.”
Siri will be happy to hear that.
Listen to the Scott Simon interview below. The iPhone talk comes roughly around the three-minute mark.