It does contain some magnificent performances and wonderful set design, like this:
— Stringer Bell (@OG_SwishaSweets) January 9, 2017
And of course the wonderful hair.
— Dorsey Shaw (@dorseyshaw) January 9, 2017
But if you thought it was a little too polished to be an authentic school play, then you’d be right. When the clip first did the viral rounds back in 2010, The L.A Times revealed that it was made with professional child actors in a rented theatre, directed by a music video director who had previously worked with Jay-Z, The Foo Fighters and Avril Lavigne.
Apparently it was made as an experiment into the “wildfire immediacy of viral video” which is clearly still as relevant today as it was back then, if the outrage is anything to go by.
— Colleen Gittens (@QueenLeeny) January 9, 2017
@StephLdavoski OMG this is absolutely insane, inappropriate and stupid!!
— ArrozConPollo (@KiannaBanana) January 9, 2017