A video featuring players from the Louisiana State University and Clemson University football teams has gone viral—and not because of sports. After the NCAA College Football Championship game on Monday, ESPN decided to to show team members, who were born between 1998 and 2001, pictures of famous 90s and early 00s celebrities. The results? For Millennials, kind of depressing—the players had no idea who most of the famous celebrities of that time were.
SPOILER: No they can't. pic.twitter.com/GBhMtMgdpY
— ESPN (@espn) January 13, 2020
The video—which has been viewed a million times in less than 24 hours—features players including Trevor Lawrence, Grant Delpit, and Ja’Marr Chase from LSU, and Justyn Ross from Clemson. When asked who celebrities such as Britney Spears, Nas, and TLC were, they couldn’t tell. They also didn’t know the cast of Seinfeld or what the AOL dial-up screen meant.
“I don’t know who that is,” says a player when shown an image of Britney Spears, while another player insists: “I ain’t ever seen her before in my life.”
When presented with an image of the dial-up screen for AOL (sans that familiar screeching sound), they also were clueless: “I’m trying to figure out what the hell this is. What is this, actually?”
On Twitter, reactions were hilarious and sad as 90s folks and Millennials tried to come to terms with their irrelevance and mortality.
This made me feel Palpatine years old
— Bee Trust Tee (@BTrusty504ever) January 13, 2020
They’ll never know the struggle… pic.twitter.com/ReptDuDSZC
— Freshness Guaranteed (@stephnophony) January 14, 2020
Him: is that Destiny’s Child?
Me: where in this image do you see Beyoncé🙃
— Evan G Johnson (@thevoiceofevan) January 13, 2020
Them: working with student-athlete’s must keep you young.
Me after watching this video: pic.twitter.com/FkmIKJiqNx
— Jeff Poulard (@JP_ComplianceJD) January 14, 2020
Well, my 75-year-old self is going back to bed. pic.twitter.com/BjxsKOxBpW
— Kristina Hernandez (@KrisWroteThis) January 13, 2020
He really called Nas Lil Bow wow pic.twitter.com/Hp3NB7Co9h
— Will Blackmon (@WillBlackmon) January 13, 2020
But it’s all good. In twenty years no one will remember their beloved icons because time marches on, not caring about fame or football or our insignificant lives!