Uh oh. Turns out we’ve all committed a major faux-pas when it comes to Scarlett Johansson. And no, it’s not questioning her political correctness over the SodaStream debacle.
In an interview for the April cover of Glamour, the 29-year-old actress complained that she really, really hates it when the media calls her ScarJo.
“I associate that name with, like, pop stars. ‘It sounds tacky. It’s lazy and flippant … There’s something insulting about it,” she said.
So, on behalf of all media, I want to formally apologize to JLo, JLaw, KStew, the Biebz and anyone else we’ve bestowed a character-saving nickname upon — you know, the age of Twitter and all that.
It’s not the first time Johansson has come out against her moniker. In 2012, she told USA Today: “It’s a laziness … People can’t actually say the whole name? It’s just bizarre … so Cate Blanchett is not, like, ‘CaBla’? Why is that? Why do I have to get stuck with [ScarJo]?”
It’s because we love you. Promise.
Which Jewish celebrity names can we butcher next? I vote for NPort.
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
Scarlett Johansson Really Hates Her Nickname