Dear Class of 2020 : Full Replay Right Here!
It was theoretically socially isolating in their home in Springfield. The Simpsons appeared on camera in the now all-too-common Zoom split-screen format where they had a few choice words for the Class of 2020. The animated family temporarily left their longtime home on Fox to join Beyoncé, Barack and Michelle Obama, Katy Perry, and more on YouTube for their virtual commencement of events called Dear Class of 2020. While every character was in a totally new environment, all were still very recognizable.
Naturally, it was Lisa Simpson who took the lead, reminding viewers that this time in quarantine has allowed people
to focus on family. Her heartfelt words were undercut by Homer trying (and failing) to put on a graduation gown, while Marge barely managed to pull herself onscreen surrounded by a mountain of dirty dishes and muttering, “I can’t cook anymore. I can’t cook anymore.” When she asked her brother Bart for his words, in typical fashion, Bart aired his derrière with the words “Class of 2020” emblazoned on his buttocks.
After that display, Lisa gave up and decided it was safer to go it alone, although she didn’t get very far. ”Well, the job is to be inspirational, and there are plenty of good things: the air is cleaner than ever,“ she managed to say before being abruptly cut off by Homer bursting into the room. “And drinking at home at 10 in the morning is not only acceptable, it’s called coping,” Homer says, chugging a beer.
Recognizing the new theme, Lisa adds, “And, not having friends over is seen as a healthy choice, instead of basic unpopularity.” Homer notes that as new graduates, the Class of 2020 can “go from living in your parents’ basement to working from your parents’ basement.”
To wrap things up, Homer says, “Love thy neighbor, even if it’s Flanders.” For the final moment of the address, Lisa holds up a sign with a serious request: “Congrats Class of 2020: Please save us.”
Full Replay: 2020 Done + Dusted
Dear Class of 2020 was a virtual commencement event, aired on June 6th on YouTube. The multi-hour event featured celebrity commencement speakers, performances, special guests… and graduates coming of age. This celebration is for everyone in the Class of 2020, High School, College, and University. While many of the traditional graduation ceremonies across the world have been canceled this year, the class of 2020 is not missing their chance to celebrate.
The video ran for four and a half hours and hears speeches from Beyonce, Lady Gaga, The Obama’s, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Kevin Durant, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Hasan Minhaj, Janelle Monáe, Yara Shahidi, Taylor Swift, Ciara and Russell Wilson, the cast of Euphoria, Kerry Washington and more. The video also featured performances by Camila Cabello, Chloe X Halle, Lizzo, and Maluma, as well as appearances from the former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. You can watch Dear Class of 2020 below.
To all graduates,
YOU are the future.
YOU are resilient,
and YOU will not settle for the same old thing.
This moment is about YOU and we want you to remember that you are SPECIAL!