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“Everybody hates Tariq,” has been a running digital joke, referencing actor Michael Rainey Jr.’s character on STARZ’s hit show Power and Chris Rock’s sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. 

However, Rainey seems to be receiving some real-life hate. The 19-year-old actor recently took to Instagram comically referencing death threats that he’s received since the show’s sixth and final season.

Michael Rainey Jr.

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 22: Actor Michael Rainey Jr. attends the season three premiere of “Power” on June 22, 2016 in New York City.

“Me going through my dms tryna figure out why I have 326 death threat messages,” Rainey wrote as the caption of a photo of himself that he shared making a face snarky confused face.

Two of Rainey’s Power co-stars commented on the social media post. La La Anthony commented with five facepalm emojis while Naturi Naughton, who portrays the character of Tasha, who’s Tariq’s mother on the show, commented with two laughing emojis that were followed by two more facepalms.

Me going through my dms tryna figure out why I have 326 death threat messages ????????

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Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.