If you scroll through LeVar Burton's Twitter mentions over the last few days, you might notice something a little shocking. The beloved TV host has been bombarded with several hate-filled tweets from people who seem to really hate him. What's really weird about this is that LeVar Burton hasn't done anything shocking or scandalous.
So why all the hate?
As it turns out, it's a case of mistaken identity...and poor reading skills.
This LeVar Burton. He's basically a national treasure.
via: GettyYou may recognize him as the host from the PBS show Reading Rainbow, in which he taught children about the magic of books. Or maybe you recognize him as Geordi La Forge from Star Trek:TNG, another franchise that has delighted millions of people. Basically, everyone loves this guy.
But recently, Burton has been getting some really mean tweets sent to him.
@levarburton You're a has been actor with a thief for a son and Trump is the president of the United States. Get the picture?— markconte (@markconte)1511276396.0
Apparently, it's because they think LeVar Burton is this guy:
via: GettyHis name is LaVar Ball, and he's currently embroiled in a feud with Donald Trump. Earlier this month, Ball's son, who plays basketball at UCLA, was caught shoplifting in China along with two of his teammates. Donald Trump pulled some strings to get them released from China and has since been tweeting up a storm over how ungrateful they've been. LeVar Burton, on the other hand, had absolutely nothing to do with it. You know. Because he's a completely different person?
But that hasn't kept Trump supporters from sending him hate tweets. He's been very good-natured about the whole ordeal:
One of many sleights I am having to endure these days. Thanks! @Lavarbigballer... #bydhttmwfi https://t.co/uYkoDOV6yZ— LeVar Burton (@LeVar Burton)1511280368.0
When someone tried to point out that there were some issues with the "washed-up" actor tweet, another Twitter user doubled down in defense of the insult.
@Hawks12Fanatic @sasieiro @proseman @levarburton Washed up actor - Check Son caught stealing in China - Check Tru… https://t.co/zdVgQUDJuD— Sophie frm Chiraq (@Sophie frm Chiraq)1511285561.0
This Twitter user thinks Burton is a bad parent:But as far as we know, Michaela and Eian (Burton's two children), haven't been involved in any scandals, so we think he's probably doing just fine.
"LaVar [sic] Burton broke the rules of good manners," this person writes.
LaVar Burton broke the rules of good manners. He insulted our president and the president of China. He should be as… https://t.co/gcbDmhfblU— thisplatformisfascist (@thisplatformisfascist)1511134767.0
In case you're still confused, here's a helpful list of everyone who is not LeVar Burton:
@levarburton For those who need it, here's a handy list of people who are not LeVar Burton: LaVar Ball Richard Bur… https://t.co/1rLJimtHgk— Yes, you still need to mask up in 2021 (@Yes, you still need to mask up in 2021)1511321590.0