Just been looking about youtube in my time off and I came across a discussion between Holly Willoughby and Katie Hopkins. I am so shocked! The reality of hearing that this really does happen is quite appalling. I can believe it though from my experiences in the UK since I moved here in 1990. Does this happen to your children and is it just common to the UK? How common do you think it is?
Katie Hopkins uses names of children as a quite ready recknor to decide:
- What class does that child come from?
- Do I want my child to play with them?
She believes that the names Tyler, Chantelle, Charmaine and others are unintelligent names and her children should not associate with them as they are from a lower class and will not do their homework and will be disruptive in class! Names associated with places or wines are a no go area for her kids. What about the celebrity brigade then? I guess she doesn’t associate with any celebrities 🙂
She says mothers asking where does the child live are really asking “is that child suitable to play with”. Is this really the way it is in your area or at your school? I certainly haven’t seen that where we live. I do think that parents form opinions of who their kids play with though. Perhaps she is right about the name ready-reckoner but I think there is more to it than just a name in most cases.
This is as bad as categorizing children because of the school they go to. A topic that most mothers prefer to avoid discussing when they are with friends with children at a different school. It’s just a “no go” topic sometimes.
I had a great lifestyle being brought up in Australia but coming initally to London at the age of 25 I saw UK snobbery and class systems from day 1 in the working environment because of my accent. I was absolutely stunned at being eyed up and down when stopping an upper class girl the same age in the street to ask for directions, or being told how to say my surname correctly! I soon came used to the upper and lower class system and felt I sat somewhere in the middle and hey, what did it matter to me. Being Australian I could get on with anyone and I don’t care what they think of me. But to see this and know that mothers are actually not even just saying “oh you don’t go to my school so you aren’t suitable” but they are actually deciding that a name indicates how a child will do in school and what class they are from is totally unbelievable.
The funniest bit I have to say is that Katie’s children are called Poppy, India and Maximillian, yet she says children with names of PLACES and wines are not suitable. Isn’t India a place?! Was last time I looked.
What do you think? Is she correct to do this? My verdict is “NO”. My children are friends with kids from a wide variety of “classes” as she calls them with their sports and from school. On the school topic also, I don’t think it is also right to assume that private (or public school children in England) are ALL better off than those in the Government system as there are those who are struggling to send their children there but do this from choice and forgo other things. It’s quite similar reverse snobbery to think that too.
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Labels4Kids surveyed the most unusual names out of interest in 2013 with the aim of giving new mums ideas for names and here are some of them. I’m sure they are all wonderful, clever, and entertaining kids in the own right whatever their name. Good luck to them all and may they all be very successful and give Katie and her kind something to think about.