Chances are Internet users saw “Dick Poop” trending on social media Thursday. It seems like a pretty foul term, and like there should be an asterisk in there somewhere, but it’s actually just a mispronunciation of someone’s name.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, mangled the name of the director of photography of “Mr. Turner," Dick Pope, when she announced him Thursday as one of the 2015 Oscar nominees. What came out was Dick Poop. Yes, everyone with schoolyard humor: She said poop on live television.
So what does Pope have to say about that gaffe? “I’ve been called worse,” he told USA Today. He showed further humility by adding he “felt sorry” for Isaacs.
The new moniker made waves on sites like Twitter, but it’s not something Pope was proud to hear about. "If that's what people talk to each about on [Twitter], I would never be on it,” he told the Los Angeles Times when he heard about his top-trending topic status. “Not if it's that level of intelligent conversation."
To make the scenario even more unfortunate for Isaacs, there’s video footage of the incident, courtesy of Vine. In the clip, the Academy president apparently tries to correct herself, but the damage was done. More than 300,000 people have watched the flub.
Isaacs shouldn’t feel too bad; she’s in good company. John Travolta infamously flubbed Idina Menzel’s name as “Adele Dazeem” when he introduced her at the 2014 Oscars before she performed “Let It Go” from the hit movie “Frozen.” Travolta apologized and said instead of agonizing over the mispronunciation, he figured Menzel would want him to “let it go.”
We’re not going to assume that's what Pope would want Isaacs to do.
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