Zoe Saldana cannot believe people are making a massive deal out of husband Marco Perego choosing to take her name. She dropped the tidbit in an interview, but she’s still shocked that people noticed or cared. Zoe thinks celebrity culture is “ignorant,” so maybe that’s why she’s aghast. I’m not taken aback by the response to Marco’s name change. Some men take their wives names although it’s the exception. I’m a lot more surprised that some people still think Marco’s a golddigger, so that must be why he dumped his name for a more famous one. Really? Maybe I’ve warmed to Marco too much.
Zoe took to Facebook to question why people reacted to Marco’s marital gesture:
Fathers, sons, brothers, men everywhere: Your legacy will not perish if you take your partner’s surname, or she keeps hers. I’ve been made aware that a comment I made regarding my marriage has garnered some attention. I felt proud that my husband decided to take my last name as his own. I shared my hesitation with him when he told me about his decision, not only did he say, “I don’t give a shhheeeetttt!!” (with a very strong Italian accent!!) he also asked me, “Why not? What are you so afraid of?” And it made me wonder … What am I so afraid of?
Why is it so surprising, shocking- eventful that a man would take his wife’s surname? Women have never been asked if its ok for them to give up their names — why doesn’t that make the news?
Men, you will not cease to exist by taking your partner’s surname. On the contrary — you’ll be remembered as a man who stood by change. I know our sons will respect and admire their father more because their father lead by example.
Gentlemen, I implore you to think outside the box- remove the box altogether. Let’s redefine masculinity. A real “man” leads along side his partner. A real man accepts his mortality. A real man acknowledges that nothing can be done alone.
I hope that the “buzz” behind this topic isn’t just for gossip — but an inspiration for us all to look within and see what is truly important. Let’s start by letting go of some of the limitations we have inherited from the past, and forge a new path moving forward.
Sorry for any mistypes LOL
At least Zoe didn’t accuse everyone of invading her privacy again. She knows exactly why Marco’s name change made the news. Because it’s not the norm, and because Zoe made a big deal out of it to the press. She brought the subject up. Zoe discussed her concern for Marco being “emasculated” by his fellow artists and the entire world. Ah well. Zoe just likes to lecture people. I think she means well with this mini-essay, but she sounds really judgy and preachy. Of course she had to throw in a little jab at the gossip realm too.
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