IT’S TOUGH BEING BABY DONALD TRUMP IN AFGHANISTAN – A kinda touching story actually, of a Afghani Shia teacher who named his son Donald Trump after reading one of Don’s business advice books:
The rosy-cheeked toddler’s parents named him after the billionaire US President in the hope of replicating his success. But now he is at the centre of a social media firestorm in Afghanistan after a photo of his ID papers was posted on Facebook.
A self-confessed fan of the American tycoon turned leader of the free world, Sayed Assadullah Pooya said he and his wife have been inundated with “vulgar and insulting” comments attacking their choice of name for their third child.
Some Facebook users have gone as far as threatening to kill Sayed for giving his son an “infidel name”, while others have accused him of endangering the boy’s life.
There are even suggestions Sayed is using the moniker to wangle asylum in the United States – a charge the 28-year-old teacher vehemently denies.
“I didn’t know at the beginning that Afghan people would be so sensitive about a name,” Sayed told AFP, as Donald played with a music app on his father’s Samsung smartphone in their carpeted room.
Poor Don Jr is set up for a rather tough life:
While Sayed is worried about his family’s safety, particularly Donald’s, he remains stubbornly unrepentant.
“It’s likely that he will be harassed or beaten by his classmates,” he said matter of factly.
“I won’t reconsider (his name). To hell with the other people.”
Bravo to this individualist, and your daily remainder that you, dear reader, live in parts of the world where you can name your children whatever you want. And to hell with other people.