Poor Ian Harding. Pretty Little Liars’ hottest English teacher is currently being teased mercilessly on Twitter. The bullies? The Liars themselves! Check out this hilarious Twitter exchange between Ian, Lucy Hale (Aria), Ashley Benson (Hanna), Shay Mitchell (Emily), Troian Bellisario (Spencer), Sasha Pieterse (Alison), and even PLL showrunner Marlene King herself!
It all started with Shay’s “payback” tweet of a less-than-flattering picture of Ian (we didn’t think those existed either, but apparently it’s possible). It all went downhill from there when Ash, and Luce (understandably) couldn’t help but retweet the hilarious photo with their own reactions:
“Great hair day,” tweeted Ash.
“No I’m actually crying,” responded Lucy.
Ian went on the defensive with “OHYEAHITSSOFUNNY!!!!!!!!” and “you will rue the day. #dontsleeptonight #illtweetyoursocialsecuritynumbers!!” directed at the girls, but to no avail. In fact, it only seemed to prompt more teasing. “Hell yeah” it’s funny, tweeted Troian.
Then, Marlene pulled out the serious blackmail material and loosed it on the Twitter-sphere: “I see what happens when I leave you 4 alone,” Marlene tweeted at Ash, Shay, Lucy, and Ian. “PS, have you seen Ian's smoothie commercial?”
Have we mentioned that we adore Marlene? The smoothie commercial she references is a Sheetz Smoothie advertisement Ian starred in during his pre-PLL years, and it is the best thing we have ever seen. Let us set the scene for you: a long-haired, black-turtlenecked Ian dramatically describing the different kinds of Sheetz smoothies in poetic verse. Watch it. Now.
Ian continued to try to ward off his co-stars: “Marlene stay out of it!!! My shoddy acting past needn't concern you!” But more joined the fray. Sasha re-tweeted the commercial, jokingly calling it Ian’s “best work.” Ash tweeted lines from the ad. And when Ian threatened Troian with embarrassing college photos, she stayed cool, telling him, “I can't hear you over my delicious smoooooothie...”
It’s definitely worth checking out the entire exchange on Ian’s Twitter page. Fair warning, though: you may end up falling even more in love with this cast — and be left with an especially strong desire to give Ian a hug.
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.