One of the main reasons we love to watch “The View” is because our Latina sister Sunny Hostin is always on point. The Puerto Rican lawyer, columnist, social commentator, wife, and mother of two, is one of those successful Latinas that you cannot help but admire immensely.
In regards to her cute moniker, I never once questioned whether that was her real name or just a nickname. I never thought about it because people have unconventional names and it’s not a big deal. However, it came as a huge surprise to learn today how Sunny became Sunny.
On today’s episode of the “The View,” the panel featured guest speaker Nancy Grace. Yes, the sensationalist, crime commentator…that Nancy Grace. As the show began, Sunny began to talk about her history with Nancy and how they first met. Nancy interrupted her and said “I want to take credit for this.” Take credit for what exactly?
Sunny begins to talk about a segment she did on Nancy’s news program years ago, back when Sunny wasn’t Sunny yet. Back then she went by her real name, which is Asunción. That revelation left me a bit taken back. Not because of the name itself, which is beautiful, but because I just had no idea that was her real name.
Sunny goes on to say that during the commercial break, Nancy whispered to her “don’t take this the wrong way but…it’s really hard to pronounce your name.” She then asked her: “do you have a nickname?” Asunción responded by saying “in college people called me Sunny.” And just like that, Nancy put Sunny on the screen and started referring to her as such. Ever since that day Asunción started going by Sunny publicly.
Joy Behar said “Asunción isn’t hard to pronounce.” My thoughts exactly!!
I have a nickname too. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to change my name just because some people cannot pronounce it. Maybe if it was a nickname christened by a loved one, but Nancy Grace?! Come on.
People on social media also couldn’t believe she changed her name just because of Nancy Grace.
— Kisha (@HonnyDipp) February 9, 2018
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— ❧❦Mz.Rita❦❧♊ (@Tuakachyc) February 9, 2018
Apparently Nancy Grace was incapable of pronouncing Sunny Hostin's actual first name, which is Ascención. Nancy changed her name to her college nickname "Sunny" while on Court TV. If you can't make the effort to pronounce your colleague's name, you might be racist @YesYoureRacist
— Wash Your Hands, Fight Fascism 🗳 (@RebelScumTR8R) February 9, 2018
I love your real name @sunny. I totally get how people struggle to pronounce an uncommon name.
— Mignon Beets (@MignonBeets) February 9, 2018
Sunny, I love your name either way. I just hope you don’t have to hide your real name because it’s hard to pronounce. Let them figure it out. It’s not your problem. It’s theirs.