Why Not Jack the Ripper?

Via TNR, I’ve just read one of the most absurd things ever.  Really.

A couple in New Jersey has three children: Adolf Hitler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell.  They made headlines this week because a local cake shop refused to write Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler across the the three-year-old’s birthday cake.

The parents eventually found a place willing to do the cake (Walmart, no surprise there) but are more than a little miffed that people still care that they named their child Adolf Hitler:

Campbell said he named his son after Adolf Hitler because “no one else in the world would have that name”.

“They need to accept a name. A name’s a name. The kid isn’t going to grow up and do what [Hitler] did,” he said.

I’m not sure that’s really why people don’t think children should be named after Nazi’s — no one is worried that the kid is going to be the next genocidal maniac.  I think it’s more that there are so many things to name your child if you care about giving them a unique moniker that you can accomplish it without something so creepily offensive.  That all three kids have names that connotate Nazism is more than a little eerie.

The article fails to answer the obvious question: do the Campbell’s feel an affection for Hitler and his cause or is this simply an ironic hipster joke? I would really like to know.

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One response to “Why Not Jack the Ripper?

  1. thatsrightnate

    Heath Bedwetter Campbell does indeed seem to have been brought up racist, though he swears he isn’t that way according to the article I read. He said someday he’d be fine if his son hung up with black people. I think that’s mighty white of him.

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