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Jack Harlow Goes Viral After NBA Referees Diss Him

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At this point in time, it seems like nearly everyone knows who Jack Harlow is. Since his smash hit What's Poppin' was released in 2020, the hip hop artist has shot up to fame thanks to the social media platform TikTok, which had the song trending in no time. And most recently, Harlow's track First Class also began circulating through the app, getting fans excited for its anticipated release. It came as no surprise that when the track finally dropped, thousands copped it immediately. So when the artist attended the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics NBA game on May 1st, fans were shocked that referees had no clue who Harlow was. Here's what went down. 

During the Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals, the 24-year-old rapper's face was shown on the jumbotron at the same time that the audience could hear what the referees, Scott Foster and Ed Malloy, were saying amongst each other. "Who is Jack Harlow?" Foster asked Malloy, who responded, "I have no idea." Foster continued questioning his colleague, "He's the guy over here, right here. He's in that white shirt behind you. "Yeah, who is he?" Malloy replied, to which Foster said, "I don't know. Go ask him." The clip, without a doubt, had hundreds of fans cracking up. And they weren't the only ones, because Harlow himself got a hold of the video, which now has millions of views. 

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"Clearly these mfs have never seen Narnia," Harlow teased. Although he probably thought most people would understand, his joke left many Twitter users confused, questioning whether the artist was featured in the movie? "Maybe I "haven't seen Narnia" either? (whatever the reference lol)," one person tweeted. 

And another teased,  “I’ve seen The Chronicles Of Narnia! Were you the lion, the witch, or the wardrobe? Been a while. Too busy fixing, eerr I mean, reffing games for the league!” For those who may not have understood his reference at first, for a long time now, Harlow has been compared to James McAvoy’s character in the film Narnia, Mr. Tumnus. Whether you agree with the call or not, you an't say it's not hilarious...