So, Season 2 of Netflix's Never Have I Ever recently dropped, which means its star, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, is currently making the rounds promoting the show in every way she can.
And with this promo comes a slew of new people pronouncing — or rather, mispronouncing — her name. So she took to Twitter today in a voice memo to let people know not only how to pronounce her name, but why it matters so much to say a person's name correctly in the first place.
She said, "Names are so important, and I find that it’s a big part of your identity — it personally is for me. I love my name so, so much. And constantly I get people saying, 'Oh, you don’t even know how to say your own name right.' It’s like, 'No, no, no, I do. I do know how to say my own name right.'"
She continued, "Because reality is, no one knows how to say someone else’s name except for the person themselves, you know? Like, this is my name. I’m sorry, but I get to call the shots here. There is one answer and that answer is my own. There’s no discussion for that."
As Maitreyi has grown, she's now learned to ask for the respect she deserves. She continued, "But nowadays, being my great, wise, 19-year-old self, I ask people to say my name correctly and I put a lot of active effort whenever it’s like an interview, or, you know, just meeting people in general, like new people. I make sure that they say my name right."
She followed this with a tweet saying many people expected her to change her name to make it "easier," which was never going to be the case: