I had the TV tuned to FOXNews the other day (I watch it for the sociological and entertainment value) and it was airing the “Huckabee Show”. On it, he had Cuba Gooding Jr featured as his special guest for the hour. However, when he announced his guest’s name, he called him Cooba Gooding Jr.
Now all long as I can remember, I have heard his name referred to as Cube-ah Gooding Jr (Cuba like the country). When I first heard Huckabee say his name this strange way, I just thought maybe it was a bit of a blurb and it was just a one-time mistake. But over and over again, even after Cuba had come onstage for the interview, he kept calling him “Cooba”. And Cuba didn’t seem to even bat an eye.
And later on that day I saw a 15 sec Fox promo ad for the Huckabee interview with Mr. Gooding, and even the voice-over annoucer guy was calling him “Cooba”. Have I just been mistaken all these years in thinking this actor’s name was pronounced like the country? Or is FoxNews just weird like that?
Really? So it is just me then! I had a feeling that was the case when Mr. Gooding wasn’t reacting in any sort of disturbed way at that pronunciation of his name:p However, it was FoxNews, so I didn’t know if maybe there was a little bit of Usama=Osama going on there or what.
His grandfather was born in Barbados and fled to Cuba then emigrated to NYC. His father Cuba Gooding Sr, was named after the country (and also made some great music with The Main Ingredient). Which is pronounced ‘Cooba’ by people who speak Spanish.
As far as I can tell, Jr is fine with both pronunciations.