With back-to-school season in full swing, many have coronavirus on their minds as students and staff return to in-person instruction. Dr. Quentin Lee, the principal at Childersburg High School in Alabama, transformed his concerns into a COVID-19 safety video based on MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.” Now, Lee is going viral for his ingenuity.
For anyone that needs a quick refresher on the iconic 1990 hit, see below:
Dr. Lee Hammers COVID-19 Safety Home
Dr. Lee created his parody to show students what they can expect when returning to school while giving them a laugh. In the video, he raps about wearing face masks, routine temperature checks, and maintaining a safe distance from others on campus. Of course, there’s plenty of dancing involved as he reminds others, “You can’t touch this.”
“Doing silly stuff is something I really enjoy,” Dr. Lee told 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.”
With the help of local film director Jaylen Mitchell and a handful of student and staff volunteers, creating the parody took about 24 hours total.
Lee told Alabama NewsCenter that he hopes anyone who views the video can get a good laugh, but also understand the safety it promotes.
“We have got to make safety a cool thing,” he said. “If we don’t see the warning signs, we’ll be doomed for destruction.”
Dr. Lee’s school is part of the Talladega County School system, which is set to reopen schools later this month. The schools will use a hybrid system that has students alternate between in-person classes and remote learning to follow COVID-19 guidelines.
Watch Dr. Lee’s full parody of “U Can’t Touch This” below: