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Social media was buzzing over the weekend about a new article published by Oprah Magazine explaining why Ava DuVernay, Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey do not want the public referring to them as “Auntie.”

Ava was the first to reveal she doesn’t like it. During an interview with Van Lathan, she said:

Auntie Ava? Why? Am I that old?! Because I don’t feel that old! And it’s not a respect thing…Auntie Ava, like…Aunt Jemima?

Oprah said being called “Auntie” outside of Africa makes her cringe:

I cringe being called Auntie or Mama by anybody other than my nieces or godchildren.



Except if I’m in Africa, where it’s 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.

Umm, isn’t that the same thing we are doing here in the U.S.?!

Gayle says she flat out hates being called Auntie and added that no one calls Beyoncé “Auntie.”

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.

For the record – Gayle is wrong! Chance The Rapper called Beyoncé “Auntie Yonce” on “Music Is All We Got!” But, I digress.

I have to admit, I am guilty of referring to Oprah and Gayle as “Auntie O” or “Auntie Gayle,” but it was solely as a sign of respect and to show I rock with them and support them in a family-like manner.

But, no worries. I will respect their wishes.

Ava DuVernay, Gayle King & Oprah Don't Want To Be Called 'Auntie'

What are your thoughts on being called “Auntie?”

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