Washington Post writer turns Benedict Cumberbatch into ‘Bandersnatch Cummerbund’

At first I guessed it was a spell-check error that transformed fantastically-named “Sherlock” actor Benedict Cumberbatch into “Bandersnatch Cummerbund” in a Washington Post story, but I was wrong.

(Via @Alex_Ogle and @sstummeafp)

It was also in the online version:

However, msnbc.com reporter Alex Johnson thought it was a deliberate bit by the writer, Lisa de Moraes:

Turns out, he was right. Washington Post senior social media producer T. J. Ortenzi says it was intentional, and we can expect to see something from de Moraes soon explaining the name choice:

Update: The writer speaks!

In a post on the Washington Post website, de Moraes explains that she inserted Bandersnatch Cummerbund on purpose.

“It has come to my attention that there is raging debate, in re whether we intentionally referred to Benedict Cumberbatch as Bandersnatch Cummerbund in The TV Column and blog,” de Moraes writes.

She then recounts the backstory of this very post and my initial, incorrect view that her use of that name was a typo. She also notes that I lost my bet with Johnson regarding the name, and now owe him a beer.

I will provide said beer the next time I have the pleasure of seeing Johnson in person. De Moraes can also enjoy one on me if we should ever find ourselves in the same place at the same time with alcohol on offer. All the better if Canadian beer is on hand.

But back to that name. Behold its origin:

The nickname “Bandersnatch Cummerbund” originated with one of the serious students of television who join me each Friday to chat about all things TV. We loved it then, we love it now. Oh — wink wink!

Note: The original headline on this post stated that “Bandersnatch Cummerbund” was a typo; the headline has since been updated to reflect that it wasn’t a typo.

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  • Alfred Ingram

    Surely, Sherlock was a frumious bandersnatch

  • Deborah Dessaso

    Anyone who had ever heard Benedict being interviewed in the last year knows the various nicknames he’s been given throughout his life.  Trust me, Bandersnatch Cummerbund ranks in the category of least offensive!

  • Anonymous

    Updated to a plea of “Guilty with an explanation.” Beeyatch kalled Loosa de Moreass sez shez playin gamez wit da namez.

  • Ejal de Klerk

    You don’t seem to be aware that Sherlock is a Conan Doyle character, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle obviously being the author. 

    What she wrote is correct.

  • http://twitter.com/insaneramblings Ren Samson

    Sherlock is a Conan Doyle character. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the author of the original stories.

  • http://twitter.com/PrunellaDisdain MSS

    Odd that no one seems to have caught that she erroneously says BC “plays the Conan Doyle character” when, of course, he plays Sherlock.

  • http://twitter.com/dederants Deannah Robinson

    I agree with FlickDude. Unfortunately, if an interview or a simple comment isn’t made on video/audio, then it’s usually taken out of context through text.

    Oh, well… I think it’s funny. And clever :-D

  • http://twitter.com/pwthornton Patrick Thornton

    As a big fan of both Downton and Sherlock, I whole heatedly agree that Sherlock is better. It’s on an entirely different level of TV goodness.

    Downton is a soap opera for rich people about rich people. But what a beautiful period piece it is.

    I guess I kind of like it all. 

  • http://www.FlickPodcast.com FlickDude

    This “typo,” as well as his own interview comment, is all in the name of fun. I guess we can again thank the Internet for surgically removing senses of humor, huh?

  • http://twitter.com/Ogsean1 Ogsean1

    Of course it was a joke by the author but she was trying to make fun of a supposedly “bitchy” comment by an actor when clearly that first comment was also a joke between friends so… it’s ironic.

  • Anonymous

    I seriously doubt that that is a typo–what an immature thing for a journalist to do.  It’d be great if people would stop attacking Cumberbatch for simply giving an honest answer to a question–and the fact that Sherlock had fewer viewers than Downton Abbey reflects badly on viewers, not on Sherlock.