A Minnesota girls basketball coach was forced to serve a two-day suspension because of a lewd tweet that he sent in response to a student. While that suspension might seem light, it also obscures some of the bizarre gray area surrounding the tweet itself, which took the form of a bizarre quote taken directly from the movie "Mean Girls."
As reported by Minnesota TV network KTSP and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, among other sources, Anoka-Hennepin (Minn.) High girls basketball coach James Fassett was suspended for just two days without pay for sending a tweet to a 15-year-old girl that read the following:
"Do you need me to assign someone to butter your muffin …"
Any big fan of the ever-evolving walking art project that is Lindsay Lohan's career will tell you that the concept of assigning someone to butter one's muffin is a reference to a scene from "Mean Girls" in which a male character asks a female counterpart, "Would you like us to assign someone to butter your muffin?"
Naturally, Fassett's tweet wasn't a word-for-word copy, but it was pretty close. In "Mean Girls," the line is an oblique sexual reference, so there are plenty of things to be disturbed by in Fassett's tweet. Yet the fact that it was a movie reference may have moved the Anoka-Hennepin School District to show some leniency, perhaps believing that the lewd tweet was a misguided attempt at humor.
If it was, that's pretty sick humor for a high school coach to use with a 15-year-old.
While the district claims that the case is closed and the school is moving on, the mother of the student in question told KSTP that she was completely outraged that the coach received just a two-day suspension for what she believes was an attempt to openly flirt with her teenage daughter across social media.
The mother has a point. Disturbingly, if this case proves to be any kind of a precedent we can probably all brace for creepy high school coaches to employ quotes from other Lindsay Lohan movies on social media in the future.
Prep Rally shudders to think what will be used from "The Parent Trap" alone.