Ava DuVernay said she doesn’t like being called “auntie.” She said in an interview, “…Recently, I’ve been getting called (on Twitter) Auntie Ava. Let me just say, ‘why?’ ‘why?’ I mean, am I that old? ‘Cause I don’t feel that old. It’s not a respect. Auntie Ava like Aunt Jemima? But, we’re not that different in age. Are we? I appreciate that [the intended respect], but I’ve been feeling some kinda way about it cause it popped up like the last year or so, people started calling me that.” Now, Oprah says, “I cringe being called Auntie or Mama by anybody other than my nieces or godchildren. Except if I’m in Africa, where it’s the custom for everybody to refer to anyone older as ‘Sister,’ or ‘Auntie,’ depending on the age difference. And there, no one refers to anyone older by their first name, out of respect.” Oprah added how she likes to be addressed, “Oprah has worked pretty well for me. Though sometimes strangers refer to me as Lady O, which feels friendly, yet respectful of the age difference. It feels appropriate.” Gayle King ain’t here for being called “auntie either. “I hate being called Auntie. That’s what you say to old people or the old lady who lives in the neighborhood! I get that it’s a sign of respect, but no one’s calling Beyoncé ‘Auntie Beyoncé!’ The only ones who should be calling me ‘Aunt’ are my niece and nephew—and they don’t add the ie.”

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