July 9th, 2013
The internet has been aflutter with this video from a talk show based out of England. Katie Hopkins gets nearly ten minutes of air time postulating on why she judges children based on their names. The views expressed in this video are not those of this site or its author.
It makes you wonder how she sleeps at night.
This Katie Hopkins character is to be both pitied and reviled. She uses the names as a “shortcut”, pre-judging CHILDREN and won’t let her own precious progeny associate those who have less desirable names. She will even cut a friendship off at the pass, and assumes that working class children don’t do their homework and are behaviorally disruptive. Equally ridiculous, she makes opposite assumptions about upper class parents and their child-rearing skills by the names they choose. Would she be shocked to find that little Araminta’s mother drinks too much at birthday parties? Or what about young George, who bullies her precious Maximilian with a cruelty and snobbery that rivals her own?
The similarities between some of Hopkins’ hit list and my Seven Deadly Trends are not lost on me. I am a self-professed name snob. Yet there is a world of difference between preferring some names to others and allowing this snobbery to spill over into judgement. I will not claim this woman as one of my own, and would counter that if she is raising her children with this kind of antiquated elitism she is doing them a great disservice. Yes, I have been unnaturally excited to meet the mother of “Adelaide and Barnaby”, but I’ve also found that an affinity in names does not a friendship make. As would be the case should I meet said offender.
What I try to do at You Can’t Call It “It”! is help families come up with the names that best suit them and their children. Liken it to a difference in taste: some people prefer mid-century modern furnishings, others may opt for Hollywood Regency, others still have no defined “style” at all. But does that determine whether or not I would want to befriend them, or promote play dates with their children? Does it mean that I think less of my children’s friends who have monikers that I wouldn’t have chosen myself? Shudder at the very thought.
English readers, is class still a nightmare of an issue there as Katie Hopkins would have us believe? Do any of you think that she has a point?