Graduation season is currently in full swing, but since the coronavirus pandemic currently has most of the world on strict lockdown, this means that commencement ceremonies are largely taking place online. This is certainly a huge bummer for seniors who will miss out on the experience of graduating with the rest of their class and throwing their caps in the air. But as the smallest concession, these virtual graduations are opening the door for pranksters to have some fun with the circumstances.
Case in point, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves—who looks exactly like Martin Prince from The Simpsons but grown-up—got duped into reading a fake name during a Facebook Live graduation ceremony for his state’s graduating seniors. Following a brief commencement address, Reeves read through the user-submitted graduate names, one of which was listed as [checks notes] “Harry Azcrac.”
The clip quickly went viral online when it was tweeted by former NBA player (and excellent Twitter user) Rex Chapman, among others.
The governor of Mississippi just read a list of 2020 HS graduates during virtual-graduation and someone slipped-in the name “Harry Azcrac” on him…😂🤣😭 pic.twitter.com/Pk6oOvZOXW
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) May 19, 2020
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) May 19, 2020
The laugh I just let out https://t.co/GK6AffjIvb
— Angie Thomas (@angiecthomas) May 20, 2020
I’d also like to commend graduates Liqa Madiq and her twin brother Suq Madiq https://t.co/yi7IMVxE6R
— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) May 20, 2020
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) May 20, 2020
For his part, Reeves seemed to have a good sense of humor about it. Speaking of The Simpsons, the governor shared the clip on Twitter himself, writing: “Harry’s submitter has a bright future as a Simpson’s writer!”
Harry’s submitter has a bright future as a Simpson’s writer!
In 10 minutes we’ll be honoring more graduates on Facebook Live. Maybe even Ben—the pride of the Dover family. https://t.co/Njw0GcNCXN
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) May 19, 2020
“In 10 minutes we’ll be honoring more graduates on Facebook Live,” he added. “Maybe even Ben—the pride of the Dover family.”