Remember last weekend’s epic Saturday Night Live sketch with guest host Harry Styles as a careless, threesome-loving social media manager for Sara Lee Bread? Oh, who am I kidding—of course you remember it.
The skit, which promptly made the rounds on Gay Twitter™, saw two concerned Sara Lee managers (Cecily Strong and gay SNL writer Bowen Yang) confront Styles’ character about his misuse of the company Instagram page to post some… off-message content.
The entirety of “Sara Lee” is brilliant and well worth a watch, but one moment in particular has haunted me since its premiere: Styles’ mispronunciation of Shawn Mendes’ last name.
At the end of the sketch, Styles’ character reveals that he DM’d the hunky pop singer about a “special holiday promotion” from Sara Lee (read: a very suggestive picture.)
But the former One Directioner pronounced the “Senõrita” singer’s surname with a little extra emphasis on its last syllable, which Mendes stans were quick to point out on Twitter:
Harry Styles saying “Shawn Mendeez” like pic.twitter.com/cPaI91FpGL
— Christina Izzo (@christinalizzo) November 17, 2019
The kicker? During a Twitter Q&A last night, Mendes (who insists he’s not gay and wishes we’d all stop speculating about it) revealed he had indeed seen the SNL sketch, and heard Styles’ slip-up. He’s not mad about it, either.
Yeah that’s officially how it’s pronounced now! https://t.co/TDy9l0Xidq
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) November 21, 2019
“Yeah,” Mendes tweeted, responding to a fan who asked if he’d heard Styles’ pronunciation. “That’s officially how it’s pronounced now!”
BRB, pivoting from Larry Stylinson to Sharry Stendes.