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No defence: The case against Moxie CrimeFighter

No defence: The case against Moxie CrimeFighter

By Law Institute Journal

Opinions Parents Young Persons 


At some point in the future your correspondent looks forward to an awards ceremony where Apple defies Gravity, Gulliver shares showbiz gossip with Rumer and North West misses the red carpet because she got lost. There seems to have been an epidemic in recent years of weirdly named children of celebrities and although this can provide hours of scoffing and fun for the public why is no one declaring “think of the children”. When these kids grow up will they curse their parents if they win an award, giving some smart-alec host a field day to make fun of them? “And the Oscar for best actress in a comedy goes to Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson . . . and not just because of her hilarious name!” Silly child names seem to be a particularly American phenomenon and this may not come as a surprise. This is the country after all where the movie version of Alan Bennett’s play The Madness of George III had to be retitled The Madness of King George because it was feared Americans wouldn’t go to the cinema because they hadn’t seen the first two. Illusionist and magician Penn Jillette, half of TV and Las Vegas regulars Penn and Teller, named his daughter Moxie CrimeFighter, which probably precludes her from ever becoming a defence attorney. Is someone called Bear Blaze Winslet (son of actor Kate) likely to become a High Court judge? Are the children of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools going to be taken seriously when they announce themselves as Petal Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear Maurice, Daisy Boo Pamela and Poppy Honey Rosie? Sorry Jamie but it looks like a recipe for disaster unless they plan careers as members of the Wiggles. People may think this celebrity naming madness is a fairly recent event, spurred by the spread of social media. However, musician Frank Zappa’s children are Moon Unit, Dweezil and Diva Thin Muffin. David Bowie’s son was named Zowie Bowie in the '70s and I wonder if he would be taken seriously as a film director had he not changed it to plain old Duncan Jones. Another problem is that often the names give no clue as to the gender of its owner. Are Summer Rain (mother Christine Aguilera) and Moroccan and Monroe (mother Mariah Carey) boys or girls? As if children didn’t have enough to cope with in this complex and scary world and you might well say “there ought to be a law against it!” If you live in Denmark you are lucky, because there is and it’s called the Law on Personal Names. Having recently returned from that brilliantly organised country it doesn’t surprise me that they protect children from being given preposterous or silly names. There is a government-approved list of 3000 names for boys and 4000 for girls and among the names vetoed under the law are Pluto and Monkey. And your correspondent is sure that if any Danish parent was unwise enough to call their son Hamlet there would be no debate to be or not to be had. It would be banned. Do you ever come across amusing incidents related to the law? Then why not contribute to WADR? Send your submission to edassist@liv.asn.au.

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