Lauded for its feisty female protagonist, “Brave” comes out next June but is already getting a lot of media coverage. But the lead character isn’t a Latina, even though her name borrows from at least three Latin cities. And frankly, I’d rather hear the voice of someone like Salma Hayek rather than Kelly McDonald, who landed the job. Nothing against Kelly McDonald.
So how did a red-headed medieval Scottish warrior get the name Merida? What are the ramifications for the good people who live in the Yucatecan capital, or are researching the possibility?
First, we are at risk at having the whole world pronouncing the word itself differently. If the actors say “Muh-RID-a” or some such thing, no one will ever properly pronounce our city’s name properly again. Could it be [Read more…]