Comments: Because "Call Me Crazy" Didn't Have the Same Ring

What name did you have before Catholic indoctrination?

Posted by blueshuttle at June 21, 2004 12:09 PM

Well -- wait for it -- it was "Benjamin Kepple."

My point here was simply that choosing a confirmation name, or any name for religious reasons, does not generally mean one ought scrap the name which one's parents bestowed.

Obviously, if one is burdened with an unfortunate name (e.g. Aloysius) such a move would be understandable. Nor do I mean to make light of name changes for religious reasons. But making a change for what would appear to be the purpose of promoting one's career -- this did happen in the midst of a tour -- seems unseemly and gauche.

As for your comment about "Catholic indoctrination" ... well, I'll confine my remarks to saying that you must be *great fun* at parties.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at June 21, 2004 06:05 PM


I, respectfully, believe you are wrong here. I merely think Madonna is once again falling for the trend-of-the-moment...this time it's the Kabballah (sic?). I think she truly believes it. She had her Indian mysticism phase, her eroticism phase, etc. It's like she's permanently a college freshman intellectually. It's really sad, jumping bandwagon after another.

At the same, is it really any different than taking on another Catholic name, except that one practice is accepted and one isn't mainstream? Both are just as rational, when you look at it.

I do agree that Madonna is an idiot who is shallow and hideously self-absorbed to the point of unintended irony. She thinks we care.

Posted by simon from jersey at June 22, 2004 04:21 PM