Who is Taiwan Jones? He may or may not be a real person who attends Howard University and just flunked a midterm. Mr. Jones became a viral hit late Thursday night hours after Twitter user and Atlanta resident Roy Handy tweeted about sitting next to a professor and peeping over at test scores of the now-infamous Taiwan Jones.
This professor graded tests next to me the whole flight. If there’s a Taiwan Jones at Howard, boy you failed the fuck out ya midterm 😩
— roy ✎ (@Old_Orleans) October 19, 2017
Roy said that he felt bad for Jones. “I just feel bad,” tweeted Jones. “cuz lil buddy finna enjoy his weekend just come back to class, life in shambles.”
I just feel bad cuz lil buddy finna enjoy his weekend just come back to class, life in shambles.
— roy ✎ (@Old_Orleans) October 19, 2017
Soon, more and more peeps were stuck on that Taiwan Jones tip…
No sh*t he forgot to study…
😂😂😂 taiwan jones forgot to study smh https://t.co/AZnkd2yp6S
— Sterling Stinnett (@Sterfry_88) October 20, 2017
Where’s Taiwan Jones?
Many people got very curious about Taiwan Jones over on Twitter. They liked the story, loved the name, and were motivated to go out look for him.
— Nathalee Allen 🤎 (@Nattayyyy) October 20, 2017
Taiwan Jones almost sent Twitter over the edge…
Everyone on Twitter trying to find the real Taiwan Jones pic.twitter.com/cPW7cZprLM
— Chris (@henrix666) October 20, 2017
#Sh*t just got serious, boys…
— ® (@RonWalk3r) October 20, 2017
What happens when one Taiwan Jones runs into another Taiwan Jones? #DoppelgangerJones
taiwan jones when he meets the other taiwan jones who also failed their midterm and also goes to howard pic.twitter.com/8SbocleQDo
— rico (@cole_griffin7) October 20, 2017
Of course, you’re always going to have your Taiwan Jones deniers…
Taiwan Jones doesn't even exist
— big coochie bompensiero (@TeeHaitchGee) October 20, 2017
We found Osama. We can find Taiwan Jones too…
— Talon Dearborne (she/her/hers) (@jewel4God7) October 20, 2017
And then real Taiwan Jones started showing up on Twitter…
Ya boy just got famous…
— Taiwan Jones (@JonesTaiwan_) October 20, 2017
After the fame and attention got in the heads of the two Taiwan Jones, they decided to change their usernames.
@TaiwanJones_ reportedly changed his name a second time to @TaiwanJoness, and changed his avatar on multiple occasions following #TaiwanJonesGate
Is Taiwan Jones a real person?
Buzzfeed reached out to the twitter user behind the Taiwan Jones joke. His name is Roy Handy, the guy who pulled a viral Twitter hint out of his ear (I can’t say “ass”).
Handy wrote in an e-mail to Buzzfeed, saying, “I can not verify what school the student attends, which is why I said ‘if’ in context of the tweet. I wasn’t aware of how much power this relatable topic could have across the HBCU community as a whole.”
When asked about to give a quick answer on what he really witnessed on that plane, Handy suggested that his Tweet should be taken, “as a fun, relatable tweet that people enjoyed to take part in, and keep the confidentiality of the story being fact or fiction to myself. I’m not really in the position to take phone calls, and I can’t really give an account to anything that was tweeted under the terms that I’d rather leave the tweet in.”
After searching the Howard University directory, it is revealed that there is no Taiwan Jones attending the university.
According to a source from Complex, there are no current student enrolled under the name “Taiwan Jones.”
Is #TaiwanJonesGate Over?
Of course not. Taiwan Jones lives inside each and every one of us. #WeAreTaiwanJones
We are ALL Taiwan jones
— educated shrimp (@yaperboi) October 20, 2017
Doctors don’t determine whether or not you’re a Taiwan Jones…
"But doctor, I am Taiwan Jones"
— A.Degen 閉塞感2020 (@ADACTIVITY) October 20, 2017
Alright, let’s get the facts straight here…
“you’re gonna do so well on that midterm!”
first of all, i’m taiwan jones
— aaron (@aaronmaslowski) October 20, 2017