Monday, January 03, 2011

If You're a Celebrity, Ignore Your Heritage or You Will End Up on the 'Worst' List!

Before years end the magazines and T.V. come up with their "Best and Worse" of the year. Best make-over, best comeback, worst break up. CBS (and CNN of course) reported on the Worst Celebrity Baby Names of 2010 as listed by BabyCenter.com and we are 3 days into the new year and I am still peeved!! Usually the names are pretty bad but I found the list to be culturally insensitive. Hell I think it is a modern example of cultural imperialism. Some of the worst celebrity baby names include:
 2. Egypt Daoud (Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz)
 5. Krishna (Padma Lakshmi)
10. Vida (Camilla Alves and Mathew McConaughey)

I wouldn't name my kid Egypt personally but considering Swizz Beats aka Kaseem Dean is Muslim I wouldn't rip on Daoud. Padma Lakshmi  named her daughter after the Hindu god of love. She is Indian for goodness sakes. Vida is Portuguese for life as so is Camilla Alves.
Lets see, what are a few of the best celebrity baby names? Levi, Bryn, Harper, Easton...
Cultural hegemony 1, diversity 0.
I can just imagine the writers of the list filling their little paper cones at the water cooler laughing screaming "Krishna! What kinda name is Krishna?! That's horrible!" not knowing if I had any idea of their names I would list them as the most ignorant and arrogant evil doers involved in some massive plot to ensure that all Americans name their kids Hailey and Easton.

I will note that the reporter on CNN said "I wonder if this isn't culturally insensitive". Sigh...maybe there's hope out there.
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