The explosive college bribery scheme in which 50 wealthy parents were charged for bribing coaches to get their sons and daughters into prestigious universities they normally wouldn’t qualify for was dubbed:
“Operation Varsity Blues.”
The appellation was the result of a trolling effort by the Justice Department, referring to the 1999 football film Varsity Blues, starring Dawson’s Creek heartthrob, James Van Der Beek.
James Van Der Beek, 42, epically trolled the scandal by referencing his character Jonathan “Mox” Moxon from Varsity Blues.
“If only there was a succinct turn of phrase these kids could have used to inform their parents they were not desirous of their life path…”
If only there was a succinct turn of phrase these kids could have used to inform their parents they were not desirous of their life path… https://t.co/cxOTDI5J1B
— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) March 12, 2019
His character Mox was a backup quarterback for the West Canaan High School football team whose intellect made him long for academic pursuits by leaving Texas and attend Brown University.
In the film’s climactic moment, Mox tells his father:
“Playing football at West Canaan may have been the opportunity of your lifetime, but I don’t want your life.”
This is the moment this gif has been waiting its whole life for.
— see schrader (@Deers1) March 12, 2019
Van Der Beek was inspired by the momentous quote.
Fans bowed down to his genius of a tweet.
my god you played the long game with this one. well done Mox.
— Hamberder Covfefe (@OpenIntro) March 12, 2019
And who could ever forget Mox’s preference for whipped cream bikinis?
Gifted this VHS to all of my friends for their birthday in ‘99 😂 pic.twitter.com/Ixlck270OI
— Kassi Horn (@kassles7) March 12, 2019
On a scale of one to ten, this was a touchdown.
Woah. That’s it. Put the entire twitterverse in a box, send it to the Smithsonian, and mark “do not open for 500 years.” When they finally do open it, they’ll read this and know this is how we lived and our society was glorious.
— Vegas Mike Davis (@VegasMikeWins) March 12, 2019
😂😂😂😂😂😂 How is this site free????
— Allie Mac Kay (@alliemackay) March 12, 2019
"Alexa, play My Hero by Foo Fighters"
— tara (@starleeew22) March 13, 2019
This is why twitter still matters. Thank u.
— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) March 12, 2019
This could be in the Top 10 tweets of all time! Take a bow son.
— Sophie Nicolaou (@soccerdiva) March 12, 2019
Well played, James.