Why Is ‘Reading Rainbow’ Host LeVar Burton Being Bombarded With Hateful Trump Supporter Tweets?

Why Is ‘Reading Rainbow’ Host LeVar Burton Being Bombarded With Hateful Trump Supporter Tweets?

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There are few celebrities more beloved than LeVar Burton. The worst that even TMZ has is that time Burton was pulled over for a moving violation and was rear-ended by the cop … and was still very good-natured about everything. But Trump supporters have been angrily tweeting at the Reading Rainbow host … ironically, because they need to practice their reading. It seems they think LeVar Burton is the same person as LaVar Ball.

Ball is the father of UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball, who was caught shoplifting in China. On Nov. 14, President Trump said he had “a great conversation” with Chinese President Xi Jinping about releasing LiAngelo and his fellow players Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. The players were indeed released and sent back home to the United States.

Of course, the one thing Trump craves above all else is attention. While the three players thanked him for his role in their release, LaVar Ball didn’t. The elder Ball was skeptical of Trump’s involvement and said so. “Who? What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

Trump took to Twitter — as he always does — to say that since LaVar Ball didn’t thank him, he should have left LiAngelo in a Chinese jail:

Whether or not you agree with Ball or Trump, it’s clear LeVar Burton had nothing to do with the incident. But not every Trump supporter realizes that:

For what it’s worth, Burton seems to be taking it in good humor — because, well, that’s just what LeVar Burton does.

And his Star Trek: The Next Generation co-star Brent Spiner had a pretty good joke, too:

While we hope Trump supporters leave Burton alone, we have to say this tweet sums up the entire situation:

Anyway, if you’re curious, LaVar Ball is on Twitter as @LavarBigBaller. Maybe go tell him about your favorite children’s book?


Featured image by Christina House/Los Angeles Times

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