Members of a popular internet forum were quick to support one expecting mother who said her husband is “dead set” on naming their twin sons after the creators of a popular video game.
In a viral Reddit post published on r / AmITheA ** hole, Redditor u / minecraphater (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) explained that her 34-year-old partner wants to name their children “Jeb” and “Notch , “after the pair of Swedish men responsible for Minecraft and detailed her disdain for that desire.
Titled, “[Am I the a**hole] for not wanting to name our kids after Minecraft? “the viral post has received nearly 7,500 votes and 1,900 comments in the last day.
Writing that her husband is a “big Minecraft fan” and that he has talked about playing the game with their unborn twins, the original poster made it clear that the couple has reached an impasse when it comes to potential baby names.
“I told my husband that I want to give our children regular names, not after Minecraft because they are not objects,” she wrote. “My husband got really defensive about it, saying that he should be able to choose because he is their father.”
Despite her husband’s insistence on “Jeb” and “Notch,” the original poster said she refuses to name her children after the game’s creators and revealed exactly why.
“I will never name my children after Minecraft because I don’t want them to get bullied and feel like it’s dehumanizing to name them after a game,” she wrote.
“I told my husband that I’d rather get a divorce than name our kids after Minecraft and he got really angry and raised his voice,” she continued. “A few hours after that, we calmed down and I asked him again and he said he will for sure name the kids ‘Notch’ and ‘Jeb.'”
Minecraft, created by Markus “Notch” Persson and later taken over by Jens “Jeb” Bergensten, is one of the most popular video games in the world.
Boasting between 2.8 and 3.6 million daily users and 141 million active members overall (per TechACake) the game was sold to Microsoft in 2014 for $ 2.5 billion and has not dipped under $ 300 million in annual revenue since 2015, according to Business of Apps.
However, the popularity of Minecraft has not overshadowed multiple instances of harmful online behavior from Persson, aka “Notch.”
In March 2019, Persson publicly expressed his support for QAnon, a far-right, conspiracy theory-driven political movement. A week later, Persson posted a series of anti-trans tweets and was subsequently removed from Minecraft and uninvited from the game’s tenth anniversary celebration by Microsoft, according to Ars Technica.
Throughout the comment section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors responding to the original poster acknowledged Persson’s previous behavior and remained adamant that naming children after characters, or creators, of fictional universes is always a risky decision.
In the post’s top comment, which has received nearly 16,000 votes, Redditor u / Razdiralec said that the original poster’s husband’s seeming obsession with naming his children after the creators of Minecraft poses numerous red flags.
“That’s grounds for a divorce, 100 [percent]”they wrote.” Especially considering Notch is a pretty extreme incel / transphobe. “
“Plus, he’s 34,” they continued. “He needs to get a grip. Enjoying Minecraft is cool, obsessing over it at 20+ is kinda … he needs better hobbies.”
Redditor u / CalamityClambake, whose comment has received more than 5,000 votes, echoed that sentiment.
“Your husband is being ridiculous,” they wrote. “[Notch] was banned from attending any Minecraft events for being homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, and for threatening violence against people who don’t agree with him. “
“Does your husband not know that?” they questioned. “Or does he know and doesn’t care?”
In a pair of separate comments, two Redditors said that giving children names relating to fictional franchises often comes with adverse consequences.
“Children will almost always end up hating the franchise they’re named after,” Redditor u / clairebearattacked asserted. “Harry Potter, Minecraft, whatever. Not to mention they’ll most likely be bullied because of it.”
“Kids are not hobby accessories,” Redditor u / Realistic-Lobster618 added.
Newsweek reached out to u / minecraphater for comment.