Viewers of the show Atlanta spotted a familiar, if a bit creepy, face at the Emmy Awards. Sitting among the guests was Teddy Perkins, one of the two characters played by series creator and star Donald Glover.
When Perkins was spotted, it was assumed that Glover had dressed up as his alter ego, even Variety reported it (Perkins is the one in the red jacket):
Donald Glover appeared as Teddy Perkins in the #Emmys audience https://t.co/iYvWWXBoYa https://t.co/DiTJ22Jn4e— Variety (@Variety)1537268460.0
But when photos began circulating with Glover in attendance as well, people realized they'd been duped.
Someone else had arrived dressed as Perkins!
WHAT is this sorcery??? #teddyperkins @AtlantaFX #atlanta #Emmys https://t.co/vHZSHXhdfY— Mare (@Mare)1537232869.0
Issa Rae tweeted her confusion:
I had just finished talking to Teddy, thinking it was Donald the whole time. https://t.co/ckEU238EM7— Issa Rae (@Issa Rae)1537319682.0
And Perkins even has his own Twitter account.
You know it’s a party when Teddy arrives at the function. #Emmys https://t.co/bf9IkWdLkz— Teddy Perkins (@Teddy Perkins)1537279465.0
People were definitely confused -- if it wasn't Glover, then who was it?
UPDATE: A photo showing @donaldglover posing *with* Teddy Perkins at the #Emmys has people confused. If the star di… https://t.co/F7xc7neLka— WPGC 95.5 (@WPGC 95.5)1537294473.0
Wait a minute....I thought that was Donald dressed up as Teddy Perkins and then he changed out of it to go back to… https://t.co/Vc3rR8zPFd— is the moon in reggaeton? (@is the moon in reggaeton?)1537296607.0
Oh, so it wasn't Lakeith...😱 https://t.co/jstS5Gaujt— Man of the Decade (@Man of the Decade)1537269403.0
@WellieBoyce Zazie Beetz is Teddy Perkins confirmed— Sahib (@Sahib)1537255193.0
@_sahibk @WellieBoyce But... 😂😂😂 https://t.co/GUp0tkUP7c— Raz P. Berry (@Raz P. Berry)1537259343.0
@MarLew29 @_sahibk I need answers— Wellington Boyce (@Wellington Boyce)1537264215.0
No one knows! But some had guesses.
Based on very little research I think it’s Jamal Olori. https://t.co/vI4advuEWP— Lisa Guillen (@Lisa Guillen)1537295786.0
Okay SO in some pics (like this one) you can see a deeper skin tone where they didn’t put make up down Teddy Perkin… https://t.co/opziq0SQJ8— Lisa Guillen (@Lisa Guillen)1537296616.0
Some quickly folded.
I'm just going to tell myself that Teddy Perkins at the Oscars was Donald's brother and not think about it anymore #nonighmaresplease— James Leisenring, Titles Titles Titles... (@James Leisenring, Titles Titles Titles...)1537295157.0
While others pressed on.
All signs point to Jay Pharoah being Teddy Perkins at the #Emmys. https://t.co/VTMp2erT71 https://t.co/gui9b12Nrt— Complex Pop Culture (@Complex Pop Culture)1537302498.0
Ready to pitch my podcast series investigating who the fuck showed up as Teddy Perkins last night https://t.co/MQ5S0eJ6Re— Tonya Harding’s Crispy Bangs (@Tonya Harding’s Crispy Bangs)1537299838.0
What if it was the REAL Teddy Perkins? Dun dun dunnnnnnnn😂 https://t.co/CdIHd9B7pf— king_obie617🇭🇳 (@king_obie617🇭🇳)1537296953.0
Yo bro @JayPharoah ..the ppl have questions apparently https://t.co/fexKyqn9yt— BATMAN VA PROMOTER (@BATMAN VA PROMOTER)1537306789.0
Jay Pharoah isn't talking.
🤔Huh??? https://t.co/m4AKeNvv6d— Jay Pharoah (@Jay Pharoah)1537291754.0
Even when I don't do characters I get pegged for doing characters that's GOAT level I guess 🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/GmEQEmgHjL— Jay Pharoah (@Jay Pharoah)1537306866.0
It remains a mystery which makes it more fun.
Who knows who was under the prosthetics for Teddy Perkins at the Emmys, but the idea that Donald is so committed to… https://t.co/iHNwCdTsp2— probably arizona (@probably arizona)1537293866.0
The fact that nobody knows who was in that Teddy Perkins fit makes it even creepier and I would still like to see it on Halloween.— la'derrick (@la'derrick)1537301550.0
@JayPharoah https://t.co/VRW9GEe33M— Comedy Hype (@Comedy Hype)1537292915.0
Sometimes the not knowing is the best part.