There’s been a lot of talk on Atlanta radio and on this AJC site about the Janet Jackson interview with Robin Roberts on Wednesday night.
I didn’t see the interview but apparently one of the big points for discussion is the fact that the Jackson family calls their dad by his first name Joseph. Basically, the patriarch of the family told them to. “It is what it is,” Jackson said.
A lot of the callers on Atlanta radio this morning felt it very disrespectful to call a parent by his first name. My boss wondered if it is a Southern thing that people got so riled up about it.
Kind of related, it makes me think about when I was little growing up in Georgia and we often called adults by first names BUT always had a Miss before it – so the preachers’ wife was Miss Jodi and the ladies at my mom’s office Miss Vera and Miss Gloria.
Today my kids call all my friends by first names but with the Miss attached – Miss Robin, Miss Margaret, etc… I definitely think that is a Southern thing.
What do you think: Is it disrespectful to call a parent by his/her first name? Do you think people from the South are more offended by it than people in other regions?
What about other adults? Do you use first names, last names? What about the Southern first name but with a Miss or Mr. attached? (My other favorite Southern nomenclature is Pastor with the first name. I grew up going to my friend’s Baptist church all the time with Pastor Buddy!)