You've Gotta See This Principal's Coronavirus Parody Of An MC Hammer Classic
Can't touch this? Watch Dr. Quentin Lee's hilarious back to school instructional music video, meant to boost spirits too.
Educators and parents around the country are figuring out how to get kids safely back to school in a few weeks, and there's plenty of angst in the process. But a principal from Alabama is making sure his kids laugh a little, even during a pandemic.
So Dr. Quentin Lee, principal at Childersburg High School created a video parody of MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This", including everything from trying to mimic Hammer's dance moves in the gym, to sneaking up on a student with a can of Lysol:
"Doing silly stuff is something I really enjoy," Lee said in an interview with Alabama NewsCenter. "I released a song in May about my feelings toward COVID, and it was just me sitting at my desk screaming. It made national media, and I figured it was time to do something different."
Dr. Lee instructs students Jaden Robinson and Aniyah Oden to maintain 6 feet social distance.YouTube
Even though it's a parody, Dr. Lee's moves, like using a tape measure to social-distance two students, highlight CDC guidelines, including a warning to students that they "can't touch this."
Zay Youngblood gets a warning: "can't touch this" water fountain! Students will drink bottled water instead.YouTube
Lee says it took him about 15 minutes to write the original lyrics, and about a day for a local film director to (Jaylen Mitchell of City Vizualz) to shoot and edit the video which includes student actors Zay Youngblood, Jaden Robinson and Aniyah Oden and teacher Jessica Veazey. "It was just fun to hang out, and they did phenomenal."
Dr. Lee says he tried to remember some of MC Hammer's moves from back in the day.YouTube
Lee posted the video Tuesday afternoon and by today (Friday) nearly a million people have viewed it. It didn't hurt that popular local TV meteorologist James Spann shared it on his social media.
Lee says the reaction to the video has been overwhelmingly positive. "Everybody needs love, regardless of political party or ethnic background," said Lee. If we can allow people to laugh and forget about their problems, then we've accomplished the goal."