This is LeVar Burton. You might recognize him from your childhood from the awesome show, Reading Rainbow.
This is LaVar Ball, a media personality, businessman, and father to three basketball players.
Recently, Donald Trump helped get Ball's son LiAngelo and two of his teammates from UCLA out of shoplifting charges in China. Something that Ball didn't thank Trump for, and a fact that the Donald was very, very upset about and went on a Twitter rant as a result.
It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
...LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
The President went so far as to say he should've left the basketball players in a Chinese jail.
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
This is what Ball said that upset Trump so much.
“I don’t have to go around saying ‘thank you’ to everybody. He didn’t call me. I didn’t shake his hand. He didn’t have to say nothing, but I’m just saying. I have to know what somebody is doing before I say ‘thank you.’ I’m not just going to go around saying thank you.”
In an ironic twist of events, Trump supporters started attacking LeVar Burton, you know, the man I previously mentioned who helped teach millions of kids across America how to read, instead of LaVar Ball.
Probably because it's too confusing to know more than one person of color with the same name (even though they're spelled differently)??
Burton himself tweeted about the mistakes, finding humor in the entire situation.
Which is probably easy for him, considering he's such a proven talent with tons of awards to back that up.
Soon, the rest of Twitter noticed the hilarious mix-ups and started getting in on the joke.
If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) November 21, 2017
Trump supporters started getting roasted hardcore.
Wow. Wrong two out of three. But I guess all black guys with the same first name are the same person to guys like you: racist and stupid.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) November 21, 2017
Pretty much, Kurt. Pretty much.