Allison Langdon grills ABC TV presenter for naming her newborn son Methamphetamine Rules… leaving the young mother shocked
A Current Affair host Allison Langdon grilled an ABC TV presenter on her decision to name her son ‘Methamphetamine Rules’ on Tuesday night.
WTFAQ star Kirsten Drysdale told Langdon she registered her baby under the shocking name for ‘research purposes’ for a segment on her show.
However Langdon wasn’t amused and took a hardline approach to her interview with the new mother.
The TV host fired at the comedian: ‘Did the epidural block the brain? Why would you do this to your baby boy?’
Drysdale seemed taken aback by the severity of Langdon’s questioning.
‘I did this in the name of journalism, Ally,’ she responded.
Langdon continued: ‘I know that when you fill in a passport form you have to answer if you’ve gone by another name, so baby Meth won’t have to tick ‘yes’ to that?’
‘No, he won’t, because that’s if you do a change of name. This is a different thing, it’s a ‘correction’, so there’s no endorsements on the bottom of the birth certificate that way,’ Drysdale explained.
Langdon then questioned whether the comedian believes she has ‘taken the stunt too far’.
‘No. I would hope that there are no parents out there who would seriously call their child a name like that.’
‘But if they are calling their child a questionable name, I think we’ve shown that there needs to be some better checks on it.’
Langdon then said that while some viewers would find it ‘hilarious’, many would be ‘appalled.’
Drysdale, who is a presenter on ABC’s WTFAQ show, was curious to find out what type of baby names can and can’t be legally used while preparing for the recent birth of her third child.
She couldn’t get answers from authorities and decided to put the NSW Births Deaths and Marriages registry to the test.
The registry states on its website that it will not register names deemed as offensive, aren’t in the public interest or could be confused with an official title or rank.
A preview for this week’s episode of WTFAQ shows Drysdale coming up with the inappropriate name of ‘Methamphetamine Rules’ and filling in the online form while cradling her newborn.
‘That was pretty straight forward and presumably that name won’t go through, so now we wait,’ Drysdale explains to the camera.
The decision backfired five weeks later when the official birth certificate arrived in the mail with ‘Methamphetamine Rules’ listed as her son’s given name.
‘It got through! Methamphetamine Rules Drysdale is official! Here’s his birth certificate,’ a shocked Drysdale tells fellow presenter Chas Licciardello.
‘My husband is not happy!’
Licciardello was just as stunned the name had been approved.
‘Oh my God, I can’t believe it. OK, so this is definitely not what we were expecting to happen,’ he says.
Drysdale’s husband Chris was far from impressed.
‘You’re a d******d,’ he can be heard in the background telling Licciardello.
Drysdale probed the registry for an explanation and was told registry staff review all information, including names.
When she told them what had happened, the registry admitted the name she submitted for her son had ‘unfortunately… slipped through’.
WTFAQ airs at 9pm Wednesdays on ABC TV and ABC iview.