Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are kind of winning at the internet this week! A few days ago, JT called out a dating coach for using his relationship with Jessica as fodder for her column—and now Jessica has reached out to the internet in a very different but perhaps even more badass way.
I’m sure you’ve heard the “Batmo” joke by now, right? It’s a cute pun that might have originated on Facebook, or maybe someone just copied it to their status to be witty. It goes like this: “I hope that Jessica Biel names her first child Batmo.”
Batmo… Biel. BATMOBILE. Get it?! It’s like that Reese Witherspoon/”with a knife” joke, a cute pun that makes you giggle the first time, you share it with some people, then you promptly forget about it. If you Google it, you’ll find the same threads on Imgur, Yahoo! Answers, Facebook, and Tumblr. But then Reddit noticed that Jessica must have checked her Google Alerts, because she tweeted this yesterday:
If I got a dollar every time someone told me to name my future kid “Batmo” I’d almost have enough to pay for therapy for a kid named Batmo.
Slow clap, Jessica. I definitely laughed out loud at my desk, because not only is it awesome for celebrities to acknowledge the conversation about them online, but she made a pretty good joke, too. We’ve heard so many stories of celebrities being freaked out by 4chan and other internet communities they can’t understand, that it’s refreshing for a star to say, “Hey, these people are talking about me, but I’m not gonna be a bitch about it, and I’ll even join in.”
Of course, Redditors quickly pointed out that since Jessica is engaged to Justin, while she’ll probably keep her surname, their child will most likely be a Timberlake. And then the joke is moot. Another commenter pointed out that it may not even have been Jessica who wrote that, but a social media consultant helping her tweets go viral just like this. It’s a bummer when Reddit takes away our fun… although they also contributed the equally amazing name ideas of Pimpmo, Popemo, and Playmo, so it was OK.
However, I have to agree with the Redditor who posted this comment: “Kids are cruel. You wait 14 years and then post the idea online. Regardless of the kids name, chances are he’ll be called Batmo until the day he dies.” As with many things, once the idea goes on the internet, you can’t do much to stop it.
LONG LIVE BATMO BIEL