University name leads to Twitter mockery

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
@ricardoazziz.

@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.”

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