We Need to Talk About Kevin

Why is Kevin always the idiot or a weirdo in TV shows? Don’t believe me? Here are some examples…

My wife and I have noticed something interesting over the years. My fellow Kevins and I don’t appear to be viewed favourably by non-Kevins around the world.

When my wife and I are watching a TV program that includes an idiotic or strange character, we take bets on whether his name is Kevin.

More often than I’d like to admit, we’re right!

We need to talk about Kevin

It all started with a film called We Need to Talk About Kevin. We had no idea what it was about, but thought it would be fun to watch it. Because…you know, my name is Kevin.

He murders his whole fucking family and some kids at his school with a bow and arrow!

That’s right, Kevin is a psychopath – it’s not a fun film. Not at all, but it started to plant the seed as to how the world sees us Kevins.

Other examples of Kevin

This list is just off the top of my head, so there will definitely be more. But you can see a trend here, right?

The Legend of Kevin book cover
That big fat pony…that’s Kevin!
Kevin from Kevin & Perry
Kevin from Kevin & Perry
Kevin Malone from The Office
Kevin Malone from The Office
Kevin the Minion
Kevin the Minion

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, in the case of Kevin vs the world, us Kevins rest our case.

Please, can we start diversifying the weirdos now please? What about Gerald? Or Alan? Maybe Gary?

Come on, folks. Not all of us Kevins are weird, idiotic or psychopathic…ok, some of us definitely are, but not all of us!

Update 11 Apr 22:
Thanks to the fine folks of Fosstodon, I just learned of Kevinism. A German social bias toward people with certain names, including Kevin.

Update: 12 Apr 22:
We have hit peak Kevin, folks. I’ve just been made aware of the Stories about Kevin sub-Reddit.

Can you think of any more examples of Kevin? If so, please let me know using the button below and I’ll add them to the list.

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