‘So disrespectful’: Anger at senators for failing to correctly pronounce Google CEO Sundar Pichai's name
CEO of Alphabet and its Google subsidiary, Sundar Pichai (POOL / AFP via Getty Images)
Senators might be presumed to pronounce his name correctly when a billionaire who runs a $ 1.5 trillion California-based company, headquartered in California, testifies on Capitol Hill.
Sundar Pichai, the Indian-American CEO of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, video chat with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter on Wednesday to discuss hate speech, disinformation and content moderation in just five days before the US elections.
A panel of Democratic and Republican senators asked the three tech moguls about worrying questions about their various online platforms - and yet repeatedly mispronounced Mr. Pichai's name. This is his third appearance before Congress.
Born in Chennai, India, Pichai is called "pea" as in vegetables and "Chai" as in drink.
Although there were even YouTube videos explaining how to pronounce his name, the senators apparently had problems with the two syllables and referred to him differently as "Mr. Pick-Eye" or "Mr. Pee-Chay".
Senator Roger Wicker, Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transport, dealt with “Pick-Eye” in his opening speech.
Colorado Senator Cory Gardner was the second to mispronounce the CEO's name.
Senator Amy Klobuchar tried "pee-chay" before getting the correct pronunciation on her second try.
Unfortunately, Senators Maria Cantwell, Marsha Blackburn, and Mike Lee all returned to Pick-Eye afterward, possibly taking over from Chairman Wicker.
Given the subject of the hearing, social media users paid close attention, expressing displeasure and disbelief that no one thought of checking the pronunciation of the name of one of the most important figures in their field.
After all, there were only three panelists.
A quick google creates several YouTube videos explaining the correct pronunciation.
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