What's in a name? That which we call Beyoncé by any other word would probably be hella less annoying for the thousands of people who share a first name with the mega-star. That's right: Despite inventing a new level of awesomeness, Beyoncé didn't invent her name, and it turns out, plenty of other people have it. What we, the boringly-named, failed to acknowledge until this Humans of New York photo of a girl named Beyoncé inspired dozens of hilarious comments is that there are a great many people in the world whose names are identical to famous people, and oh boy, does it get awkward for them.
I think all of us have "that friend" whose shares a name with a famous person (shout out to my little sister's squad member, Katie Perry). Which wouldn't be so bad, except I've been a part of the human race long enough to know that our puns and jokes suck. We are pretty much the least original ever when it comes to poking fun at people, which I freely admit as an ample fun-poker myself. Imagine having to go through life permanently braced for the same handful of bad jokes and half-baked comments about your name. Ugh. Nope. Not fun.
The particular Beyoncé in question here is a far cry from her namesake, describing her innate shyness and anxiety about meeting new people. We are all hashtag blessed that Brandon, the HONY photographer and storyteller behind the Facebook series, got her to open up, because so much hilarity ensued.
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It didn't take long for people who shared her struggle to chime in, and the range of famous names was downright impressive. Here's are some of the top notch comments from people riding the same struggle bus:
This one is starting to feel it's right
This one know she's not the only one
This one wants you to hear her roar
This one is Destiny's clone
This one wants you to get with her friends
This one wants you to turn up the music
This woman missing her Sonny
This woman who knows the struggle river deep and mountain high
This is the woman that you'd ~like to meet~
This "spaghetti arms"
This missing twin
This man in black
This little Joey without a Dawson
This avid writer
This unlucky family member
This long lost sister of Edward
This person who doesn't want to let it go
This double oh something
This person who has a lot of pressure to live up to their name
This walking brunch buffet
THIS LITERAL BEST NAME EVER
This womp and a half
This person who probably doesn't want your random questions or your sass
This Playstation arch rival
This champion tailgater
The arguably least lucky of all ...
THIS MONSTER WHOSE CHILDREN I FEEL SORRY FOR/ENVY MORE THAN ANYONE
And, in summation, the most accurate two comments on this post that will forever live in infamy.
As for me, my last name is Lord, and I've long-threatened to name my first child Almighty. You might as well all just hate on me for it now. YOU'RE WELCOME, FELLOW HUMANS.