Quick to Judge

shamrockI’ll admit it; if I see a toddler running around at the park wearing shorts and a t-shirt when it’s cloudy and 50 degrees out, I judge.

Ditto when I spy a baby wearing nothing but green tinsel and a shamrock deely- bopper on Thanksgiving.

Just call me Judgey Judgerton.

They say parents are the worst offenders when it comes to judging their peers; however, I believe habitually jumping to conclusions about random people and situations is universal and not exclusive to those who procreate.

Take for example the brouhaha surrounding actress Busy Philipps.  A few days ago, the TV star revealed the name of her second daughter, Cricket Pearl.

Cricket; as in “chirp, chirp.”

Cute, right?

Not so much, according to the swarms of complete strangers–most of whom identified themselves as non-parents–weighing in on Twitter.

Some commenters went so far as to call Philipps and her husband Marc Silverstein “child abusers” for “punishing” their newborn with such a quirky name.


This is the same couple who gifted their older daughter with the moniker, Birdie Leigh.

Birdie; as in “chirp, chirp.”

For the record, the Cougar Town star revealed that her daughter Birdie is named after Lady Bird Johnson.

Regardless, what do you expect from a woman who decided to go as Busy when her legal name is Elizabeth Jean?

Oh, and by the way, Philipps could care less what you think of her choice of baby names.  When the actress caught wind of the controversy brewing in cyberspace she took to Twitter to assure followers that her kids won’t be messed up any more than their peers because of their unusual monikers.

“It’s weird people think my kids will be in therapy because of their names,” Philipps cracked. “Guys, my kids will be therapy for LOTS of reasons, I’m sure.”

Take that Katie Hopkins.

The British reality TV star’s comments about judging children by their names went viral this week.

“I do judge children by their names,” Hopkins said on a British morning talk show, noting that she is especially bothered by the moniker Chardonnay.

“Someone named for a wine is not coming to our home,” Hopkins said.

Nor will children bearing geographic-based names, like London and Brooklyn, both of which Hopkins says she finds particularly distasteful.

Ironically, the reality TV mom named her own daughter, India.

Let the judging begin.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.