Asian American actress Olivia Munn and comedian John Mulaney revealed a photo of their son on Instagram along with his Vietnamese name, which has prompted critical remarks on Twitter.
Hiệp: Munn and Mulaney shared a photo of their son named Malcolm Hiệp Mulaney on their individual Instagram accounts on Dec. 24.
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- “Meet Malcolm Hiệp Mulaney. He has his whole life ahead of him. He hasn’t even tried seltzer yet. I’m very in love with him and his whole deal. Happy Holidays,” Mulaney captioned his post.
- The couple first announced their pregnancy in September on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” CNN reported. “Olivia and this baby have helped save me from myself in this early journey out of [drug abuse] recovery,” Mulaney said during the show.
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- In the Instagram photo, Malcolm Hiệp was dressed in a light blue beanie and wrapped in a white blanket. According to Page Six, he was born on Nov. 24 in Los Angeles.
- Munn’s mother, who is of Chinese ancestry, arrived in the United States as a Vietnamese refugee after the Vietnam War. Munn chose to honor her Asian ancestry by giving her son a Vietnamese name.
- While his first name “Malcolm” is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, his middle name “Hiệp” is a common Vietnamese name that means “to unite” or “chivalrous.”
Reactions: After People shared the couple’s news on Twitter on Dec. 24, many users commented on the couple’s relationship and the middle name of their baby.
Olivia Munn and John Mulaney Introduce Their Newborn Baby Boy Malcolm Hiệp Mulaney: ‘Very in Love’ https://t.co/MWpyivJhLT
— People (@people) December 25, 2021
- Many wondered what the meaning of “Hiệp” was with one user tweeting, “Hiệp???? What the hell is that?”
“Hiệp”???? What the hell is that?
— 👹 (@S_00891821) December 25, 2021
- Others expressed their disappointment. “What was she thinking to give her son alcoholic genes and that silly name?” another user replied.
What was she thinking to give her son alcoholic genes and that silly name? God love him. His mother is a lot more beautiful than she is wise.
— Lollie Com (@lollie5555) December 25, 2021
- One Tweet read, “Wishing them and their son a very ‘[email protected]<>¥ C[£ISTM#S,’” to which someone replied, “This isn’t an Elon Musk situation. It’s a Vietnamese name.”
Wishing them & their son a very…
“[email protected]<>¥ C[£ISTM#S”
— DoinTimeOnEarth (@DoinTimeOnEarth) December 25, 2021
- A TikTok user commented about the remarks on Twitter. “I’m just getting very angry at the people replying to this tweet, comparing a Vietnamese name to whatever disaster that Elon Musk named his child,” she said.
- She explained the Vietnamese origin of Munn and her baby’s name and said, “I don’t want to see anyone else being racist.”