Eh, Ron Artest has one fewer syllable than Metta World Peace. It's easier to say.
Well, as you may recall, rookies call him Metta World Peace and veterans call him Ron. This thread made me take another look at what's up with that.
Don't a lot of people close to him still call him Ron? It just seems terribly silly.
Ron or Artest or Ron Artest.
It's never going to happen, but if I had personal encounters with him, and he made it clear he had a problem with that or otherwise insisted I call him MWP, I'd likely be courteous and call him Metta.
"Ron, I like you. Always have. But I just don't see you as a global political figure or a serious ambassador for world peace. You're really just kind of a crazy basketball player, but a darn good one, who's created a lot of chaos. I'm just gonna respectfully stick with Ron if that's okay. Thanks."
It's disrespectful not to call someone by the name they want to be called. In my opinion it says more about the person refusing to use the name than it does about the person who changed their name.
There's really no reason not to call him MWP. It's no more difficult than Ron.
This thread reminds me of when the Broncos built Invesco Field in 2001 and the Denver media outlets absolutely refused to address the stadium as anything other than Mile High Stadium for several years after.
I have no problem at all with whatever anyone wants to be called or people legally changing their names. Half the actors in Hollywood are using stage names. Sports is just another form of entertainment so eh, why not? I can understnd both sides of it, but for me, what someone wants to be called isn't an issue important enough to allow myself to give it much thought or upset the person wanting the name change. I didn't always feel this way, in fact if you dig up the thread from when Metta changed his name, there's a good possibility I made fun of him in it.
Hell, one of my aunts was Aunt Lynn until she was about 45 years old and she suddenly began telling eveyrone her name was now "Jennifer". That's not her middle name or anything she just wanted to be Jennifer now. Fine with me, but almost everyone else in my family thinks she's crazy and that's not even a strange name like Metta World Peace.
People still call me Hicks...
Ron still answers to Ron if you talk to him.
I call him Insane Idiot.
Technically, you never asked to be called anything different....
This thread reminds my of a little story.
"Who is Jack Schitt?"
The lineage is finally revealed. Many people are at a loss for a response when someone says, "You don't know Jack Schitt!" Now you can
intellectually handle the situation.
Jack is the only son of Awe Schitt and O. Schitt. Awe Schitt, the fertilizer magnate, married O. Schitt, the owner of Needeep N. Schitt
In turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt, and the deeply religious couple produced 6 children: Holie Schitt, Fulla Schitt, Giva Schitt, Bull
Schitt, and the twins Deap Schitt and Dip Schitt.
Against her parents objections, Deap Schitt married Dumb Schitt, a high school dropout.
After being married 15 years, Jack and Noe Schitt divorced. Noe Schitt later remarried Ted Sherlock and because her kids were living with them, she wanted to keep her previous name. She was then known as Noe Schitt-Sherlock.
Dip Schitt married Loda Schitt and they produced a son with a nervous disposition, Chicken Schitt.
Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt were inseparable throughout childhood and subsequently married the Happens brothers in a double ceremony.
The wedding announcement in the newspaper announced the Schitt-Happens wedding. The Schitt-Happens children were: Dawg, Byrd, and Hoarse.
Bull Schitt, the prodigal son, left home to tour the world. He recently returned from Italy with his new bride, Pisa Schitt.
So now when someone says, You don't know Jack Schitt!" you can correct them. Just tell them that Crock O. Schitt told you all about them.
I call him "mother****er".
Don't focus on the spelling... Think of it this way: Meta World Piece... Then extrapolate that out to think about whether he is a piece of something and what that might be.
Now anyone having trouble calling him Meta World Piece should have no problem in print or in person saying "Hey Meta World Piece...."