Thursday, March 12, 2009
The combining of names of couples or potential couples, a la "Bennifer."In pop culture time, it's been 340 years since Bennifer was a hot gossip-page item. The name-merging was only mildly clever then, and now it's painfully lame.
The practice seems particularly rampant these days among TV fans talking about fictional characters. While I love the brain candy TV columns like E's Watch with Kristin, I can't stand the name-making. If you like the Sawyer/Juliet pairing on LOST, just call them "Sawyer and Juliet" -- not Jawyer or Suliet.
And no, Kristin, I will not call these two "Robarney!"
The above image is of an American Idol contestant. Who is not Barack Obama. No one is Barack Obama except Barack Obama. Artist Shepard Fairey created a neat portrait, and it was of Barack Obama. I realize this was an amazing moment in time, and that these copies were bound to pop up, and that there is no stopping them. But still. Can we try?**
**The Mike Tomlin "Yes We Can" shirt gets a pass, because a) it was months ago, and b) it's a Steeler-related product. Automatic exemption.
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