CNN anchor gets ridiculed for pronouncing Popocatépetl wrong
A video of CNN anchor Isa Soares mispronouncing the name of Mexico’s iconic Popocatépetl volcano has recently gone viral. Soares was reporting on the recent activity of the volcano when the tragedy took place during a news broadcast. She fumbled through the term “Popocatépetl,” which led to widespread ridicule on the internet.
In the clip, Soares can be heard pronouncing the name of the volcano inaccurately, prompting much laughter. The presenter quickly realized her gaffe and apologized for the mispronunciation live on television. Some social media users backed her and stressed the necessity of admitting and correcting mistakes, but others took advantage of her apologies to humiliate her.
Millions of people in Mexico have been warned to prepare for a possible evacuation after increased activity from the country’s most dangerous active volcano, which has been spewing ash into several nearby towns since last week, according to authorities https://t.co/FJ6poV3Y6M pic.twitter.com/d4w4d8iijh— CNN (@CNN) May 23, 2023
A Cuban correspondent was included in the news report to provide further context regarding the volcano. While the event was already funny, the correspondent’s use of the word “Popo,” which literally means “poop,” to describe the volcano added an extra comedic element.
With the Popocatépetl volcano’s alert level rising, the government has sent in thousands of troops.
Meanwhile, Mexican authorities have upped the alert level to “traffic light 3” due to the increased volcanic activity. As a result, there are currently about 7,275 servicemen stationed around Popocatépetl. Military zones 23, 24, 25, and 37 are home to 5,941 troops, while the Valle de México Task Force is comprised of 1,334.
Los anchors de noticias sufriendo para pronunciar #Popocatepetl 😂— Angel (@spideymang) May 24, 2023
Les hubieran puesto en el prompt Don Goyopic.twitter.com/DQWw2w3oD8
The Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) has made 250 vehicles accessible in preparation for any evacuations in adjacent communities. The state of Puebla is equipped with nine official evacuation routes and 105 Army 6.5-ton vehicles.
The CNN anchor’s mispronunciation has been the subject of internet mockery and criticism, highlighting the difficulties news anchors confront when reporting on stories containing unfamiliar names or terms. While the incident may have brought some comic relief, it is vital to keep in mind that thousands of locals may have to leave their homes as a result of it.