LaVar Ball is basically Entertainment 720 at this point, mostly by saying a ton of ridiculous things, just to get a reaction. (Or because he’s truly delusional, at this point. Hard to say.)
People have picked up on that, and they’re getting tired of it, and they’re looking for an outlet for that frustration. Because it’s 2017, that means social media. Specifically Twitter. But there’s a bit of a problem: they’re sending messages to the wrong dude.
In this case, it means Reading Rainbow host/Star Trek: The Next Generation actor LeVar Burton is getting tweets meant for LaVar Ball.
Here’s a look:
— Dot Matrix (@TheDot_Matrix) March 16, 2017
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) March 17, 2017
For the record, that’st the wrong Michael Jordan too, and considering how obvious it is and prior examples of this Twitter account trolling celebs, there’s a decent chance this is a work.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not funny.
— Kevin Caliendo, PhD (@kacaliendo) March 17, 2017
That’s excellent form!
— Bryan S Blackwell (@BryanSBlackwell) March 17, 2017
The very best Reading Rainbow, of course, was when Burton visited the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation, giving viewers a look at production. That was huge for me, a kid who enjoyed both of those programs. I remember it very well, even though I think I only saw it once; they never aired the good ones often enough. (Weirdly, the part that stands out was when they mentioned that they always filmed the model Enterprise upside down. I don’t remember why, but that was definitely on the show.)
This is reminiscent of last fall, when Cubs ace Jon Lester very patiently informed folks angry at debate moderator Lester Holt that they were tweeting the wrong person:
How did we miss this. People were tweeting at Jon Lester after the debate thinking he was Lester Holt ? pic.twitter.com/jTZkeclKiK
— Randall J. Sanders (@RandallJSanders) October 2, 2016
Kudos to LeVar Burton for playing along, and hopefully people figure it out going forward, because with Lonzo about to turn pro and two more highly rated prospects still in high school, the Ball family likely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.