Friday, September 16, 2011
Ron Artest is officially Metta World Peace
By Brian Kamenetzky
There was a short period during my elementary school years when I wished my parents spelled Brian with a "y" instead of an "i." I thought it looked cooler, and if given a vote on the issue would have changed it. (I've since come around on the aesthetics of Brian with an i.) I have a neighbor who, as an adult, decided her given name simply didn't fit. It felt wrong, she believed, and wasn't her. She changed it.
Sure, on its face it seems a little goofy, but by all accounts MWP kicked the idea around for a few years, and it seems to reflect an evolving and healthy perspective on his role in the world. (As opposed to a straight publicity stunt.)
Almost by definition, there is little in the world more personal than a person's name, which is why so many people today will likely look at Ron Metta and shake their head. I'll choose not to... while absolutely reserving the right to shake my head at some of the other stuff he does.