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‘Dawson’s Creek’ star gets in Twitter beef about potato while pretending to be Diplo

Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek has been involved in a Twitter spat with US restaurant chain Denny’s while posing as dance music star Diplo.

Van Der Beek portrays a fictionalised version of the producer/DJ in new Viceland show What Would Diplo Do, which premieres this week (August 3).

The convoluted beef began when Diplo’s Mad Decent label suggested on Twitter that Denny’s had copied them with a tweet that included a photo of a potato.

LOL nice one @DennysDiner pic.twitter.com/UO2keSAxY4

— MAD DECENT (@maddecent) July 31, 2017

Van Der Beek’s Diplo parody Twitter account (which has the handle @_diplo_, while Diplo’s official one is simply @diplo) responded by tweeting: “denny’s go ahead and recycle all the old internet jokes you want to sell your disgusting food but stay away from my record label.”

denny's go ahead and recycle all the old internet jokes you want to sell your disgusting food but stay away from my record label. https://t.co/foa3nIyTY5

— Diplo (@_diplo_) July 31, 2017

Denny’s then fired back by tweeting: “sorry we tweeted a picture of you without your permission, dilpo :(“.

sorry we tweeted a picture of you without your permission, dilpo ???? https://t.co/Ax4zsU6w3U

— Denny's (@DennysDiner) August 1, 2017

The back-and-forth continued before Denny’s promised to send ‘dilpo’ a basket of potatoes as a way of apologising.

it's making me cringe so hard imagining a room of the ad agency guys running this account high fiving eachother over this terrible comeback

— Diplo (@_diplo_) August 1, 2017

aw no hard feelings dilpo, please DM us an address we can send a personalized gift to ???? pic.twitter.com/so0xSlLhvF

— Denny's (@DennysDiner) August 1, 2017

thanks! send me your email address and ill have my interns send over some tweet ideas for you that arent stolen off 3 week old reddit posts

— Diplo (@_diplo_) August 1, 2017

It’s not clear whether Denny’s were aware that the handle wasn’t Diplo’s official account. Diplo, however, has retweeted tweets from the parody account, like the one beneath:

holy shit! my fan account has 2.3 million followers! i seriously have the best fans in the game! pic.twitter.com/7dKqBw8AU2

— Diplo (@_diplo_) July 28, 2017

What Would Diplo Do is written by Van Der Beek, who also executive produced it alongside Diplo himself. Spike Jonze is also involved in the project. Watch a trailer below.

A synopsis of the show reads: “Being an international superstar DJ & producer doesn’t make you good at life. But ain’t nobody got put on this earth ’cause they were perfect, right? So as long as we’re still in the game, we got a chance to get it right.”

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02/08/2017 13:50:12
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