Gabrielle Union Calls Out News Station For Referring To Her As 'Dwyane Wade's Wife'

"I have a name."

Since she began her career in the 1990s, actress Gabrielle Union has gotten 78 acting credits under her belt, has authored a New York Times best-selling book, and has been nominated for dozens of awards for her talent. She's a spokeswoman for Neutrogena and started her own line of hair care products catered to people with textured hair. She's also an outspoken activist on women's rights, women's health, and ending violence against women

But you wouldn't know any of that from a recent headline written by local Miami news station WSVN. Instead of using her name, the outlet referred to her as "Dwyane Wade's wife." 

On Monday, Union and Wade donated $200,000 to March for Our Lives, a movement which aims to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings. When WSVN reported the story on Twitter, it wrote ".@DwyaneWade, wife donates $200,000 to student-ran gun control rally." 

It wasn't long before Union voiced her opinion on the headline. "When they let you know what they think of you," she wrote with a link to the tweet. "I have a name."

Wade and Union's fans followed suit by tweeting their support for her at the news station.

WSVN has since rectified the mistake. It replied to most of the comments on Twitter by apologizing. It explained it won't delete the original tweet because it doesn't want it to look like it is "trying to hide what happened." "While we regret it, deleting it would be worse," it said. In addition, WSVN has retweeted the story to include her. "We've apologized to @itsgabrielleu for not acknowledging her by name, and our writer has been disciplined," WSVN wrote on Twitter. 

Sadly, this is one of many instances when a woman has been reduced to someone's wife in a headline instead of using her name. Just this January, comedian Kumail Nanjiani and screenwriter Emily V. Gordon, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated film The Big Sick, called out The Washington Post for not mentioning Gordon's name in their headline.

"Hey @washingtonpost. Big fan. Love what y'all do. Appreciate you covering this," Nanjiani tweeted. "Could you add my wife's name to this headline please? She is Emily V Gordon, & not just the inspiration, but one of the writers of The Big Sick." The Washington Post promptly changed its headline to include Gordon, whose illness the film centers around. 

Last July, a mixed media artist and performer responded to a New York Post headline that read, "T.J. Miller's wife is making a name for herself in New York." In a piece she wrote for Refinery29, she said, "I challenge the conception that I am simply 'T.J. Miller's wife,' just as I challenge society to stop diminishing any woman to a singular, archaic, and sexist definition." 

We should all continue to challenge sexism when we see it. 

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