These days, everybody has a Twitter account, from A-list celebrities down to the guy who runs the gas station around the corner. That's a lot of people -- and a lot of usernames. And because the internet works on a "first come, first served" basis, that means that sometimes regular folks wind up with clean usernames, while their more famous namesakes have to settle for "Al_Gore420." But being mistaken for someone famous on the internet isn't all fun and games. It might mean you'll wake up to millions of people asking you why you just denied the Holocaust while trying to explain to an angry mob that you're not the guy who starred in Lethal Weapon. Here are some of the worst cases of mistaken twitdentity.

People Keep Mistaking A Porn Star For The British Prime Minister

Ask your average American who runs the UK, and they're likely to tell you that it's a person going by the name Queen, The. (No relation to Rock, The.) Actual British citizens would correct them that it's Prime Minister Teresa May. Teresa? Theresa? In this case, spelling the name correctly is important, as it means the difference between referring to the leader of Great Britain and a porn star.

OFFICIAITERESAMAY.COM Follow Teresa May @RealTeresaMay l am a UK Glamour model, not the Prime Minister. You can get my book on Amazon here o.gl/xk5yzC
Twitter
You might think the profile and cover photo would be a tip-off ...

As opposed to the tight-lipped Conservative PM, Teresa May (@RealTeresaMay) is an actress who makes her living by getting her boobs out on camera and is most famous for starring in the infamously pornographic music video for the Prodigy's hit "Smack My Bitch Up." But despite causing an entire teenage generation to need a change of pants in 1997, Boobs Teresa mostly gets attention in form of outraged political questions all year 'round.

The conflict between Brexit Theresa (@theresa_may) and Boobs Teresa dates back all the way to 2000, when the two were both invited on a radio show, a medium neither woman is at their best in, to talk about the confusion. When Twitter became a thing and Brexit Theresa was elected to the highest office in the land, both the confusion and hate intensified.

Teresa May @RealTeresaMay I find it quite amusing how many people think I'm #TheresaMay the Prime Minister. Just shows how ignorant some people are. 7
Twitter

It's so intense, in fact, that UK publication The Mirror felt the need to release a PSA educating readers that the naked lady from the '90s is not responsible for Brexit negotiations -- which is only a relief to some.

Mirror 3oC NEWS POLITICS SPORT FOOTBALL CELEBS TV & FI Teresa May is a glamour model who appeared in Smack My Bitch Up - n not the new Prime Minister
The Mirror
"She's the one on the ... left, we think? Well, it could be ... no, no, definitely the one on the left."

News Anchor Jon Snow Is Getting Sick Of People Asking Him If Winter Is Coming

It's one thing to share the name with a famous person, but what really sucks is being twinsies with a fictional character. We can't imagine how frustrating life must be for a Jack Shepherd, a John McClane, or a Forrest Gump, who can never jog in peace without some dickhead shouting catchphrases. Fortunately, thanks to the popularity of fantasy and sci-fi shows, this is becoming less of a problem. After all, how many (non-strippers) are called Daenerys Targaryen, anyway? Well, ask Jon Snow, famed British journalist, what he knows about it.

Jon Snow @jonsnowC4 Winter is NOT coming: I have NEVER been dead: I am a JOURNALIST: I am alarmed that my namesake has me trending! 11/23/15, 11:03 PM
Twitter
We get what he's saying, but look at that post date. Winter is clearly coming.

According to Jon Snow (@jonsnowC4), the real one, the day Game Of Thrones premiered was the end of his social media life. Since then, his Twitter account has become nigh unusable, constantly flooded with messages from oh-so-clever people who pretend they're tweeting at a fictional bag of hair with a fancy sword. At least, most of them are pretending. Some genuinely seem to believe that Westeros is one of the continents they didn't bother learning about in high school.

How big is the onslaught? If Jon Snow features prominently in an episode, the real Snow says that he can get "many hundreds or thousands" of tweets in a day, all talking nonsense about direwolves and white walkers and calling him the King in the North.

Spuo
Jon Snow via Vice
Uh, chair's not helping, bruh.

Luckily, the real Jon Snow has a sense of humor about the matter. Despite the fact that the Oxford-educated politics reporter now gets told on an hourly basis that he "knows nothing," Snow doesn't mind, retorting, "I'm a journalist -- thus I know a lot about a little, and not very much about anything. Which I suppose adds up to knowing nothing at all."

Twitter Tries To Abuse A Child, Accidentally Targets A Grown Man

When 29-year-old Nashville resident Riley Curry (@rileycurry) started a Twitter account, it was so he could keep up with the news. A little while later, he discovered that he shared a name with a somewhat famous person: Golden State Warriors NBA star Steph Curry's (@StephenCurry30) daughter. Fortunately, Riley Curry is just a precious little girl, so Adult Curry must've thought "What's the worst that could happen?" Some random person tweeting at him that he looks so adorable sitting on his daddy's lap?

IDAUUIYI IDA G ERN WE STERN ENCE CON FFRENCE LS FIA INALS V NBATV AW WE CON
NBA
All athletes should be allowed to sub their children in during press conferences at any time.

Nope, a shit ton of vitriolic hate mail and death threats, it turns out.

@rileycurry you are not cute 4: 24 PM Jun 18, 2016
Twitter

IFEE w @rileycurry your dad sucks! 6/21/16, 11:26 AM
Twitter

Lebron's baby daughter way cuter than @rileycurry 10:42 PM Jun 19, 2016
Twitter
"But still not as cute as Jordan's babies were. G.O.A.T."

According to the Adult Riley, this all started in May 2015, after a press conference during which Steph brought his daughter up to the podium. Fans were infuriated by Baby Riley's adorable outspokenness, calling her an "attention craving brat," as though she was deliberately raiding the stage like Kanye. But plenty of sports barnacles decided to take it one step further and cyber-stalk the toddler, hurling abuse at what they assumed were her Twitter and Instagram accounts. Of course, it makes sense that the digital knuckle-draggers who would cyberbully a kid couldn't figure out that a two-year-old wouldn't be gramming selfies.

@rileycurry you can shut up now!!!! God damn!! 6/7/15, 10:18 PM
Twitter

Yo @RileyCurry there is no Santa Claus 12/25/15, 3:48 PM
Twitter
Sadly, this was unintentionally how Adult Riley found our about Santa.

Naturally, this flurry of abuse caused Adult Riley to sink into a deep depression. Not because some morons with NBA team logos for profile pics said nasty things to him. No, what saddens him is the fact that the internet is so unscrupulous that it will even go on a warpath against a small child. That's such a refreshing mix of decency and naivete to find from someone on Twitter.

An African Newspaper Is Getting Bombarded With Hateful Tweets Due To A Common Typo

Weirdly, being confused with a sex worker wasn't the only story about Theresa May and typos that Twitter screwed up in 2017. British tabloid The Daily Mail has a reputation for being one of the most wretched "newspapers" in the world, an accomplishment that comes with an ample helping of social media hate. Unfortunately, one African paper found out that much of that hate is only one minor rage-typo away from hitting them.

In March 2017, The Daily Mail (@MailOnline) ran a front-page story on a meeting between Prime Minister May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and decided to focus the article on which one of them has the sexiest legs. The article was immediately condemned by critics, who figured that the two world leaders' legs probably weren't the most newsworthy thing about this meeting.

Daily mail ESA MNE 8 6Se Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it! on SEE BY
The Daily Mail
Several days earlier: "We need a catchy pun for the headline. Something like 'Legs-it,' only better."

A mob quickly formed on social media, with many people voicing their discontent at the exploitation and rampant sexism perpetrated by The Daily Mail. But they weren't the only paper getting a lot of flak for it. The Daily Mali (@MaliDaily), as the name suggests, reports on local issues in the African nation of Mali. However, the paper went global when it became collateral damage in the hate campaign against The Daily Mail. As a result, whoever runs the social media accounts for the African paper were extra confused when they woke up to an onslaught of hatred from people too outraged to proofread.

It was the Daily Mail NOT the Daily Mali that produced this offensively sexist front-l -page Complaints to @Mailonline
Twitter
Honestly, "Send complaints to @MailOnline" should be the standard reaction to every Daily Mail story.

Nevertheless, they did take the opportunity to give their own opinion about the world's scummiest publication while they redirected haters to the proper target, proving that The Daily Mail's shitty reputation is known worldwide.

One Random John Lewis Is Burdened With The Sins Of Every Other John Lewis In The World

Virginia computer scientist John Lewis was lucky to snap up the Twitter handle @johnlewis, considering how there are so many John Lewises out there that, statistically, one of them is reading this sentence at this very moment. (Hi, John.) In fact, it's such a common name that there have been scores and scores of famous John Lewises throughout history. But, uniquely, being mistaken for another person is the least of @johnlewis' online woes.

In the UK, "John Lewis" (@johnlewisretail) is the name of one of the biggest department store chains in the country. Surely, that can't be all that bad, right? After all, who would ever tweet at a department store? Dissatisfied customers, that's who.

Craig Risebury @craig_raz I'm currently in the Wolverhampton @johnlewis and staff member Amanda is being very rude. Any suggestions? 8:20 PM - Nov 3,
Twitter
#1: Read the bios before @ing someone.

But the occasional angry support request is nothing compared to the wave of comments Virginia John gets once a year. You see, the department store is known for something other than providing high-end items at slightly-less-than-high-end prices: Christmas cheer. Every year, the store releases a highly produced tear-jerking TV ad, which over the years has become a minor cultural event in the UK. So while the rest of us are getting ready for the season of giving, Virginia John gets ready to receive thousands of these:

John Lewis @johnlewis Thank you! The one from @johnlewisretail is good, too. @johnlewis Great Christmas advert 7:56 AM Nov 10, 2016
Twitter

John Lewis @johnlewis Interesting. I saw the ad, giggled, then opened twitter and ended in tears. @johnlewisretail I love the new @johnlewis Christmas
Twitter

John Lewis @johnlewis I enjoy the overwhelming feelings of joy and goodness that everyone feels at this time of year! @johnlewisretail Your advert is
Twitter

So each year, like he's a department store Santa too ethical to take the props for the big man in the North Pole, the kind and (very) patient Virginia John takes the time to respond to the barrage of people thanking him for the John Lewis Christmas ad. Over the years, it has even made him a minor internet celebrity, with people making it their annual tradition to wish him best of luck in the days before the ad drops.

Good luck @johnlewis the @johnlewisretail advert has been released..... enjoy your day! 1:49 AM Nov 10, 2016
Twitter

In 2016, the store even sent him a free gift package as thanks and apology for his years of service.

John Lewis @johnlewis Received a huge package from @johnlewisretail including this amazing embroidered cushion. So cool! Thank you very much! Merry Ch
Twitter
"This will make a wonderful fart muffler."

But that's not the extent of John Lewis' Twitter problems. In January 2017, prominent civil rights leader and U.S. congressman John Lewis had some choice words to say about President Trump. Trump, as he is known to do, hammered back at Lewis on Twitter. That's when Virginia John started having to fight his war on a second front. Sadly, John is having a lot harder a time bringing the Christmas cheer to racist Trump supporters ...

John Lewis @johnlewis Depressing day. 90% of misdirected tweets today were racist rants, which I did NOT redirect or reply to. 6:29 PM. Jan 15
Twitter
Though to be fair, 90 percent of tweets being racist rants is only a few points higher than normal.

Random People Are Getting Abuse For Sharing Names With Trump Staffers

If you happen to have the same name as someone in Donald Trump's confederacy of assholes, then it's likely you started having a bad time on social media last year. Since Twitter began way back in 2006, a whole bunch of people naturally signed up accounts under their real names, not realizing that they would suffer an unending torrent of rage a decade later because their names matched up with someone associated with one of history's most controversial presidents.

Just ask Steve Bannon. No, not the one who resembles an artist's rendering of what toads would look like as the dominant species. We're talking about @SteveBannon from Scotland, a random guy who, sadly, lessened Trump's jaundiced former chief strategist's pile of hate mail by receiving a bunch of misdirected angry messages.

Geraldo Rivera @GeraldoRivera Prediction: Reince45 a goner drowned by his own leaks. SteveBannon hanging by a thread. @Scaramucci gets mouth washed W
Twitter

Steve Bannon @SteveBannon Replying to @GeraldoRivera and 2 others Not hanging by any thread my friend. Enjoying the 1st week of the summer holidays wi
Twitter

Replying to I hope it does kill Steve Bannon. Hey, SteveBannon, you alive? 3:22 PM Jul 21, 2017
Twitter

Steve Bannon SteveBannon Replying to and Hey you still having trouble finding the correct Steve Bannon ? 4:55 PM Jul 21, 2017
Twitter
"... NO!"

Meanwhile, Baptist pastor / surprising early adopter Stephen Miller managed to snag @StephenMiller in time to get bombarded with hateful messages which users meant to send to Trump's policy advisor of the same name. However, Miller then managed to spin all the negative attention to launch a charity fundraiser that raised $1,300 to adopt and bring over two Chinese children. Using your media platform to do something good for immigrants might be the most effective way to prove you're not a Trump crony we've ever seen.

Then there's the Florida software developer born with the unfortunate name of Mike Pence (@mikepence), who gets bombarded with daily abuse for his Christian fundamentalist anti-gay views. Which is ironic, seeing as this Mike is a pretty vocal pro-LGBT atheist.

But it doesn't even have to be that close a match for those in the red mist of online abuse. An Australian morning TV show host named David Koch (affectionately known as "Kochie" in the Aussie tradition) eventually lost his patience with Americans on Twitter confusing him with one half of the notorious Koch brothers at his handle @kochie_online.

The @kochie online If the #Koch brothers are throwing money away $900 million on GOP I need $100, 000 to open my handbag and accessory store. 6:25 PM
Twitter

Why aren't the Koch brothers in jail for all their illegal activities? kochie online WKoch Industries @CKinstitute
Twitter

David Koch @kochie_online To all Americans... I know the primaries have started. BUT I AM NOT A KOCH BROS. I'm an Aussie bloke. Unfollow me.
Twitter

Somewhat ironically, several journalists have also been getting hate meant for the very people keeping trying to implode the mainstream media. Washington Post columnist John Kelly (@JohnKelly) has to constantly redirect angry tweets meant for his White House chief doppelganger, as does Fox News contributor @StephenMiller. And for some reason, journalist Kelly Andersen (@kellyamedia) with Fox 45 in Baltimore has been bombarded with hate tweets targeted at Trump's campaign advisor Kellyanne Conway, all because they share just a few letters in their names and both prop up poisonous autocrats for a living.

But no Trumpian Twitter twin is as wholesome as Eric Trump, British schoolteacher and breadmaker. Whenever he becomes overwhelmed by hate aimed at the dopiest Trump heir, he responds with pictures of freshly baked bread and cakes, an act so nurturing and wholesome that no one could possibly believe he's Donald's American Psycho cosplayer of a son.

Eric Trump @erictrump99 Posting this beauty in the hope that some of my followers question whether they are indeed following the son of the POTUS #Rea
Twitter
"TRUMP TRIGGERS GLUTEN-FREE CUCKS." -- Fox News

S Peter Davis is the creator of the Three Minute Philosophy YouTube series, and is the author of the book Occam's Nightmare.

The John Lewis in Congress also wrote a book called Walking With The Wind that's well worth the read.

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