After Bean Dad, 'Daddy' Hat Girl Miya Ponsetto Is the New Twitter Villain of the Week

Move over Bean Dad, there's a new person who has become the bane of existence for many on Twitter this week: The girl in the "Daddy" hat, otherwise known as Miya Ponsetto, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested for assaulting a 14-year-old boy recently.

Before Ponsetto was arrested at her home in Piru, California on Thursday, she spoke with Gayle King about the incident, in which she was seen tackling the teenage son of jazz musician Keyon Harrold at a New York City hotel on December 26. Ponsetto falsely accused the teen of stealing her phone before she verbally—then physically—attacked him.

Ponsetto was already facing backlash on social media for what some have claimed was the racial profiling of the teen. However, the internet's irritation with her only escalated on Friday when the CBS This Morning interview released. A frustrated Ponsetto appeared defensive in her talk with King and got snippy with the CBS host on a number of occasions including one instance when she seemed to try and silence King by sticking her hand in front of the camera and saying, "Gayle, enough."

The 22-year-old woman caught on camera allegedly physically attacking a 14-year-old Black teen and falsely accusing him of stealing her phone was arrested in California.

In an exclusive interview, Miya Ponsetto and her lawyer spoke with @GayleKing hours before she was arrested. pic.twitter.com/ezaGkcWZ8j

— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 8, 2021

The icing on the cake for some viewers, though, was the fact that Ponsetto actually showed up to the interview clad in a leather jacket and a baseball cap that had the word "Daddy" stitched across the front.

"If you're going to go on national tv to plead 'I'm baby' to accusations of racism, it makes sense to wear your daddy hat," one person wrote on Twitter.

if you’re going to go on national tv to plead “i’m baby” to accusations of racism, it makes sense to wear your daddy hat https://t.co/gZkM0Yk9Aq

— molly conger (@socialistdogmom) January 8, 2021

"Is she really wearing a hat that says 'daddy' or have I been drinking miracle gro again?" another person tweeted.

is she really wearing a hat that says "daddy" or have I been drinking miracle gro again?

— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) January 8, 2021

Wrote another: "The daddy hat stays ON while I excuse my racism and try to shut down a journalist."

The daddy hat stays ON while I excuse my racism and try to shut down a journalist pic.twitter.com/7RQUK7j7zE

— Tijuana Maxx (@byalexzaragoza) January 8, 2021

Ponsetto asserted in the interview that she was a "sweet girl" and disputed claims that racism played any role in her behavior towards the teen, but her choice of attire didn't convince some viewers that she was as apologetic as she claimed.

"Lorddddd now I know how y'all feel watching these fools on Catfish come for me. I know this little neurotic LA prototype did not come on CBS trying to disrespect THE Gayle King in a dusty ass Daddy hat, Lululemon leggings and a mf brassiere," another wrote.

Lorddddd now I know how y’all feel watching these fools on Catfish come for me.

I know this little neurotic LA prototype did not come on CBS trying to disrespect THE Gayle King in a dusty ass Daddy hat, Lululemon leggings and a mf brassiere.

LORD HELP ME. https://t.co/ACrURVuBjl pic.twitter.com/UwVtrNEqoG

— Kamie Crawford (@KamieCrawford) January 8, 2021

One person got the impression that Ponsetto purposely wore the hat to taunt the teen's father, who she initially accused of assaulting her. Ponsetto initially claimed Harold pushed her and grabbed her hair during the altercation, although the hotel's surveillance camera show her launching towards his young son. In the interview, King suggests that Harold was likely trying to protect his child in response of her attack.

"My theory on Miya's 'daddy hat': It's not about her being a Daddy's girl. It's a visual taunt to Keyon Harrold, the jazz musician and father of the 14-year-old teen that she assaulted. He was the one and tried to protect his son from her and exposed her on social media," one Twitter user wrote.

My theory on Miya's "Daddy" hat:

It's not about her being a Daddy's girl.

It's a visual taunt to Keyon Harrold, the jazz musician and father of the 14-year-old teen that she assaulted.

He was the one and tried to protect his son from her and exposed her on social media.

— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) January 8, 2021

Just days before Ponsetto became the bane of the internet's existence, musician John Roderick was facing backlash on social media for his controversial tweets about refusing to give his hungry daughter food before she figured out how to open a can of beans. Roderick issued an apology, atoning for his "parenting story's insensitivity and the legacy of hurtful language in my past," but not before Twitter dubbed him "Bean Dad."

 'Daddy' Hat Girl Miya Ponsetto Twitter Villain
Outrage sparks on Twitter after a woman who assaulted a 14-year-old boy appears in an interview with Gayle King wearing a hat that says "Daddy" on January 8, 2020. iStock / Getty Images Plus