You should always think very carefully before you assign anything a name. Be it your child, pet, company of wifi router, a name is important. Chose the right name and it can make all the difference, but select the wrong name and you run the risk of regretting it for the rest of your life.
Take Foo Fighters for example, they may be one of the world’s most successful rock bands, but that hasn’t stopped them from hating their own name. “It’s the dumbest band name ever,” said frontman David Grohl, before going on to say that if he’d ever have thought the band would be successful he’d have named them something else.
Just last year, Maroon 5 publicly apologized for the name of their latest album after they realized that Red Pill Blues – a name inspired by The Matrix – referenced a men’s rights activist group who use the term ‘Red Pill’ to describe the moment they become anti-feminist. In a statement, the band announced that they “are all hardcore feminists” and as a result, regretful of the album name choice.
In addition to this, a Mumsnet study in 2016 found that 18% of the 1,300 moms that they asked regretted the name they’d given their child.
Another person who is no doubt in regret about the name they chose is Rebeca Marcias who came under fire for the rather controversial name that she gave to her dog.
Marcias’ unconventional name for her Staffordshire Bull Terrier may not have come to public attention if it wasn’t for the fact that the pooch unfortunately went missing.
Taking to Twitter in a desperate bid to be reunited with her beloved furry friend, Marcias typed: “Negro is missing. Please if anyone sees him message me!!!”
Immediately after publishing the post, Marcias was inundated with messages from appalled users who were highly critical of her controversial name choice.
“You definitely ain’t gonna find that dog now with a name like that…..” wrote one disgusted user, while another typed: “I understand his name is “black”, but you REALLY should’ve picked a different name. I hope you find him, tho, just don’t run down the street screaming his name. [I don’t] want you to get hurt.”
Meanwhile, others were supportive of Marcias’ name choice. “I hope you can find him. I’m Mexican and I understand that his name is no racial intended,” wrote one user, referencing the fact that in Spanish “negro” simply means “black”.
To echo this, another user typed: “Oh but if we named our dog ‘blanco’ y’all wouldn’t make it a big deal.”
Thankfully, Marcias found her dog a few days later. Updating those on Twitter who’d become invested in the story, she wrote: “LOOK WHOS BACK HOME! thank you to everyone that helped and had our backs with these hateful comments. love y’all”
Of course, in Spanish speaking countries, the word “negro” doesn’t possess the same connotations as it does in predominantly English speaking countries, for it just means “black”. If you think how often you reference things by color, you’ll quickly realize that there are very few ways in which Spanish speaking people can avoid using the word “negro”.
What do you think, should Marista be ashamed of the name she gave her dog? Or is everyone being far too sensitive?