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Rainn Wilson raises the bar.

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  1. acilius

     /  October 31, 2009

    He may like to play cruel practical jokes, but he has a long way to go to live up to his parents’ example. Really, how much do you have to hate a baby to name him “Rainn”? Why not just call him “Bedwetter” and have done with it?

  2. cymast

     /  October 31, 2009

    I have a feeling Wilson and Yankovic were in cahoots on the trick.

    If Wilson didn’t like his name, I think he would’ve changed it by now. But I agree, giving a baby a trendy name is a bad idea- it’s a gamble which often backfires. “Rainn” kinda reminds me of “River Phoenix.”

  3. acilius

     /  October 31, 2009

    It’s trendy to name a kid “Rainn”? Then I suppose “Bedwetter” will have its day yet.

  4. cymast

     /  October 31, 2009

    “Trendy” as in it’s trendy to give a kid an unusual name in Hollywood.

  5. acilius

     /  October 31, 2009

    That’s for sure. Like how one of those creepy magicians Penn & Teller named his kid “CrimeFighter.”

  6. cymast

     /  October 31, 2009

    Wow, you sure about that? You know, I used to like P & T, but now I find them . . “creepy” is the only word for it, I guess. And I’m sure it’s not just because I read candid interviews of them. It’s something else. Their vibe has changed over the years. They seem disturbed.

  7. acilius

     /  October 31, 2009

    They used to be funny and creepy, but in recent years, just creepy.

    Here’s the top result from a Google search I just did for “crimefighter.”

  8. cymast

     /  November 1, 2009

    At least they named her “Moxie Crimefighter” instead of “Crimefighter Moxie.” And hopefully her parents aren’t so self-obsessed as to ignore her if and when she wants to change her name.

    Some countries protect minors against parents who would otherwise force cartoonish names on their children. I read about this awhile back: The girl was coming home every school day in tears because of the name her parents had given her. And her parents simply dug their heels in. Name your kids anything you want- within reason- but don’t ignore your kids when they ask for a normal name. That’s the epitome psychological child abuse and it’s a shame it’s still legal in so many places.

    It’s quite telling how the parents who give their child a cartoon name will themselves have a normal name. Instead of changing their own names to cartoon names, they brand their children with weird monikers. And the parents who do the most “ooohing” and “ahhhing” over the unusual names are the ones who name their own children “Mary” and “John” and the like. It’s a conspiracy of narcissism, with symptoms similar to Munchausen’s by Proxy, except the abusive parents get insincere praise instead of sincere sympathy.

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