LaVar Ball wasn’t impressed with President Trump’s efforts to get his son released from a Chinese prison for shoplifting. His reactions have prompted many Trump supporters to go after him as ungracious, hypocritical, and much worse.
Unfortunately, many of these attacks are being directed towards actor LeVar Burton. The Reading Rainbow host who rose to prominence after Roots and solidified his status as a Hollywood icon while playing Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation has a name similar to Ball’s and is also black. Responses to the attacks from other Twitter users has been brutal, but Burton has remained calm. His lone response:
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) November 21, 2017
Former colleague Brent Spiner, who played Data on ST:TNG, offered some advice to his friend.
“If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.”
I don’t normally applaud when leftist Hollywood gets political, but this one was too good to pass.
If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.
— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) November 21, 2017