July 29, 2009, - 1:42 pm
As readers know, I’m no fan of people who go out of the way to “be different” and name their kids after the munchies they had when they were stoned or some other hippie thing like a season, time of day, or city. I’ve written about this many times. It’s child abuse. (Read my rules for avoiding baby-naming child abuse.)
If you’re a pretentious celebrity who names your kid Bronx Mowgli, Moxie Crimefighter, Apple, or Track, it tells me a lot about you–none of it good. You have no prob marking your kid for life. And I’m not the only one who thinks this. Experts in narcissism, like psychologist Dr. Jean Twenge, say that naming your kids this way is evidence of the increasing narcissist problem in America.
And you can’t blame Target for cheekily mocking the trend. Sadly, though, even though the retailer’s ad, below–which began running in magazines this week–is a joke, I wouldn’t be surprised if these “baby names” become a trend. Don’t be surprised if there is an Ore-Ida Jillette or Ajax Palin in the future. Can’t wait ’til someone names their kid, “Paxil,” “Vagisil,” or “Rogaine.” Just watch. It’ll happen.
Tags: baby name child abuse, dumb baby names, Target