Category Archives: Barbara Streisand

Her Nose Knows It: Streisand Never Sex Harassment Victim

Barbra Streisand has had a long and glorious career, and at age 75, she’s still going strong.

The legendary star was recently asked about the #MeToo movement and if she had ever experienced being sexually harassed.

She smiled and said, “Never.” Streisand revealed that it was probably due to the size of her nose, admitting that she wasn’t like the “pretty girls with nice little noses.”

The talented singer/actress/director was honored last weekend at the annual PaleyFest at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater, according to an item in the Huff Post. She was interviewed by longtime TV producer and Streisand admirer Ryan Murphy.

Deadline says that Streisand was often mistreated unfairly by the media and had a couple of run-ins with Mike Wallace and Barbara Walters when she appeared on their television programs.

She was only 19 at the time, and Wallace was harsh with his words.

Another involved Walters’s interview with Streisand and her support of Al Gore in his bid for president.

Streisand didn’t like the way she was portrayed in the editing process and then, appeared on C-Span to clarify her statements. Walters didn’t take kindly to the jump in networks by the singer, but Streisand says she doesn’t hold it against Walters.

Barbra Streisand believes the #MeToo movement has begun a new chapter against gender inequality that’s been rampant through Hollywood and modern culture, saying that everyone must come to the center. She credits the power of protest for creating change.

When Siri Mispronounces Her Name, Barbra Bites the Apple

Okay, Siri, if you’re so smart, how come you can’t pronounce “Streisand?” Barbra Streisand took exception to the personal assistant computer program botching her name, so much so that she called Apple CEO Tim Cook on the phone (presumably not an Apple phone).

Streisand explained to NPR’s Weekend Edition that her name is pronounced with a soft s, as in “sand on the beach.” She pointed out that she’s been telling people this throughout her career.

“And so what did I do?” she said. “I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook, and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name, finally, with the next update on Sept. 30.” You go, Barbra!

Siri is a personal assistant application that works on Apple’s iOS. Users can ask it questions, and it employs a natural language interface to answer, drawing information from the web mashable.com. It can be found on many Apple devices, including the Apple watch.

Siri may be an artificial intelligence wonder, or maybe not quite, since it has some problems. It may not understand all speech or work with wireless headphones. Barbra Streisand, on the other hand, has had a Number 1 album in each of the last 6 decades.

So when the Funny Girl did not find it funny that Siri didn’t know her name, she made sure that “Streisand” was entered correctly in the program’s database. I wonder if she’d call Tim Cook about my Siri. I can’t find the cupcake shop.