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‘Dawson’s Creek’ star launches note-perfect Diplo parody on Twitter

Actor James Van Der Beek has been masquerading as Diplo on Twitter to promote his upcoming Viceland show.


Bryan Rolli


Posted on Jul 20, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 11:14 pm CDT

A mysterious, yet vaguely familiar figure surfaced on Twitter on Monday, making his grand entrance onto the social media platform with a concise, one-word proclamation: “chillin.”

That figure would be Diplo, the EDM super-producer who fronts Major Lazer and constitutes one-half of electro-duo Jack Ü alongside Skrillex. Except it’s not actually Diplo. The parody Twitter account belongs to James Van Der Beek, the former Dawson’s Creek heartthrob who will portray the producer in the upcoming Viceland comedy, What Would Diplo Do? 

Van Der Beek has completely immersed himself in this new role for promotion’s sake. Based on this writer’s extremely shallow understanding of the Random White Dude Be Everywhere producer, the actor’s Diploisms seem hilariously accurate. Enjoy some of Van Der Bee—I mean, Diplo’s best tweets below.

What Would Diplo Do? premieres on Aug. 3 on Viceland.

H/T Billboard

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*First Published: Jul 20, 2017, 4:22 pm CDT