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‘Parks and Rec’ Star Ben Schwartz Totally Confirms ‘Stranger Things’ Theory

Those of you still going bananas over the 80’s-tastic Netflix original “Stranger Things” may be familiar with the fan theories buzzing around the internet about the show. There are speculations about who the monster really is, about the fate of Barb, and about what’s going to happen next season, if there is a next season (which we will link to, but not explain, because spoilers).

One of the more light-hearted fan theories going around is based on the fact that “Stranger Things” character Steve Harrington, the slightly rehabilitated entitled ass and teenage male love interest, looks a whole lot like Parks and Recreation character Jean-Ralphio Sapperstein, a not-so-rehabilitated entitled ass played by Ben Schwartz. Is it possible, asked the internet, that Steve goes onto become Jean-Ralphio’s father?!

During an episode of “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Ben Schwartz “confirmed” that Jean-Ralphio is indeed Steve’s son. He was later backed up by “Parks and Rec” co-creator Mike Schur, who Tweeted that while he couldn’t confirm or deny if Steve was Jean-Ralphio’s father officially, “Steve is definitely his real dad.”

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