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Why Scarlett Johansson and Other Celebrities Hate Their Nicknames


In a new interview with Glamour magazine, Scarlett Johansson revealed that she's still not down with the name ScarJo, the space-saving moniker bestowed to her by the media. "I associate that name with, like, pop stars," she said. "It sounds tacky. It's lazy and flippant... There's something insulting about it." 

This isn't the first time the Captain America star has publicly dissed her nickname. In a 2012 interview with Today, Johansson explained: "People can't actually say the whole name? It's just bizarre... so Cate Blanchett is not, like, 'CaBla'? Why is that? Why do I have to get stuck with [ScarJo]?"

Of course, the mom-to-be isn't the only celeb to have criticized their playful media monikers — just ask Robert Pattinson, Madonna, and the other celebrities on this list. Below, enjoy a quick guide to Hollywood nicknames and the celebrities who hate them. 

Robert Pattinson
Nickname: RPatz
Where it came from: According to the Twilight actor, "some fat celebrity blogger."
Why he hates it: It sounds like the name of an antacid tablet. 

Where it came from: The British press quickly gave the Material Girl the name shortly after she moved to London in the 1990s.  
Why she hates it: Madonna thinks Madge is a name used to describe a "boring, middle-aged housewife." Her ex-husband Guy Ritchie disagrees and insists it's short for "your majesty."

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Nickname: Brangelina  
Where it came from: The couple were given the name after the two met on the Mr. and Mrs. Smith set back in 2005 and started dating. Of course, this was all after Pitt divorced his wife at the time, Jennifer Aniston
Why they hate it: Both actors claim the name sounds like a breakfast cereal. 

Vanilla Ice
Nickname: Vanilla Ice. The rapper's real name is Robert Van Winkle. 
Where it came from: "Back when I was 13 or 14 I used to spin on my head on cardboard and break dance, and I had a bunch of black friends and they just labeled me Vanilla Ice," he told Salon.
Why he hates it: He just does. 

What's the lesson here? Perhaps all of these famous faces should learn to embrace the nickname like Jennifer Lawrence. The Academy Award-winning actress is apparently perfectly fine with the moniker JLaw because it was given to her by her seventh grade teacher, Mr. Noah. 

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