If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Georgia Regents University and Ricardo Azziz have reason to blush.
Recent headlines have inspired a rash of parody Twitter accounts, ranging from witty to cruel.
Here, we present a sampling of recent impersonations.
RICARDO AZZIZ* (@RICARDOAZZLZ): A lowercase “L” stands in for the “i” in Azziz, so the account appears to be that of Georgia Health Sciences University president Ricardo Azziz, who tweets with the handle
@RICARDOAZZLZ: “Augusta: I’m right, you’re wrong. Deal with it.”
The fake Azziz has tweeted unsolicited marriage proposals to those who share their opposition to the GRU name. He also challenges others to rename signature products.
SBUXEVANS (@SBUXEVANS): “Hey, friends! Don’t forget to VOTE for our city to receive Pumpkin Spice Latte first. ONE DAY LEFT!”
@RICARDOAZZLZ: “@SBUXEvans I’m gonna need you all to rename that drink. It’s not cool enough.”
LEE ANDERSON (@VOTELEEANDERSON): A parody account for Lee Anderson, Republican nominee for Georgia’s 12th congressional district, was suspended within 24 hours of his primary run-off win. The real Lee Anderson tweets from @votelee.
The imposter account spewed off-color remarks on everything from Westoboro Baptist and Chick-fil-A to Augusta National and Rep. Todd Akin’s recent comments on rape.
GEORGIA REGENTS UNIVERSITY (@GEORGIAREGENTSU): The recently suspended account tweets from the optimistic perspective of the future consolidated university.
@GEORGIAREGENTSU: “Apparently there are a few that are unhappy with our new name. RT if you are proud/excited about #GeorgiaRegentsUniversity #GRU”
@GEORGIAREGENTSU: “We’re glad that so many students are celebrating @ the ampitheatre BUT please stop the profanity-it makes it sound like you are upset. #gru”
GAREGENTSU NAME (@GAREGENTSUNAME): The bio for the feed explains, “This is the highly unauthorized spoof account for the name given to the merged Augusta State University & Georgia Health Sciences University. Everybody hates me.”
GAREGENTSU NAME (@GAREGENTSUNAME): “Yay! First shipment of #GRU merchandise has arrived! GRU logo on knife handles. You know, for backstabbing, cutting corners, etc.”