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.