"The Beefather" Shirt From The Scripps Spelling Bee Is Everything & Here's Where You Can Get Your Own
After 10 grueling head-to-head rounds Thursday, eighth-graders Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam emerged as co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the second year in a row there has been a tie. While their huge accomplishments are certainly noteworthy — I mean, how many of us really knew how to spell the winning words "scherenschnitte" and "nunatak" — viewers there and watching at home have been buzzing about one proud dad's choice of apparel. Vanya's father Mirle Shivashankar wore this amazing "The Beefather" T-shirt at the spelling bee, and it is everything.
Mirle's shirt is modeled in the same style as the logo for the classic mafia film The Godfather. But instead of ominous puppet strings hanging above, Mirle's shirt had a cute little bee flying around. And of course, in honor of all bees, the T-shirt was appropriately bright yellow with black writing.
Mirle has reason to celebrate because he isn't just a one-time winning parent. Vanya's older sister, Kavya, actually won the spelling bee in 2009 by correctly spelling the word "Laodicean." That makes the T-shirt doubly special as Mirle has become the first father in competition history to have two winning children. The Shivashankars should be proud because these are some serious #ParentGoals.
Of course, the Beefather T-shirt was a hit on Twitter, and users clamored to declare Mirle and his shirt the real winner of the night.
Yes, yes, now we all want one, even if we don't have kids of our own to win national spelling bee titles. So where can you score your own Beefather shirt? CafePress is offering the same shirt for just $24. Go on, get yours.