Thursday, December 22, 2011

Idiot libs


When Long Island filmmaker Ellen Cooperman divorced her husband in 1975, she changed her last name to Cooperperson because it “more properly reflects [my] sense of human equality than does the name Cooperman.”

State Supreme Court Justice John Scileppi refused to ratify the change, saying that it “would have serious and undesirable repercussions, perhaps throughout the entire country.” 

He cited “virtually endless and increasingly inane” possibilities: A person named “Jackson” might seek to become “Jackchild,” a “Manning” might prefer “Peopling,” or a woman named “Carmen” might want to be “Carperson.” “This would truly be in the realm of nonsense,” he said.

Undaunted, she appealed Scileppi’s decision and won in 1978. She’s still using Cooperperson today. Found it at the Futility Closet.

1 comment:

WOMBAT said...

Am I the only one who noticed that she chose to properly reflect her sense of human equality rather than spend any energy becoming a noteworthy or even worthwhile filmmaker?

I mean, equality is fine but how about being something other than average while you're at it?

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