The actor thanked Ms Lawton for her ‘valiant efforts’ at teaching, years after creating a now-viral rap video for her class
Timothée Chalamet loves to rap. There’s the time he put on a pink wig and pretended to be Nicki Minaj; there’s his rap persona, Lil Timmy Tim; and, of course, the infamous statistics rap dedicated to his maths teacher, Ms Lawton. Now, the actor has shared a new message of thanks for Lawton’s “valiant efforts” at teaching.
On Saturday (May 16), Chalamet joined Barack Obama, Zendaya, Dua Lipa, and more at Rethink Together Forum’s online #GraduateTogether event to congratulate the class of 2020, who have missed out on their end-of-year celebrations due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In a video message, the actor says: “Hello to the class of 2020. I’m happy to get a chance to be here and celebrate with all of you tonight. I can’t imagine what the last couple of months has been like for students, let alone for high school seniors not being able to attend your graduation ceremonies.”
Chalamet then goes on to join students in thanking the teachers who inspired them. “I want to shout out three of my own,” he continues, “Mr Lobenhofer, Ms Faison… and Ms Lawton, thank you for your valiant efforts to teach me the art of statistics. Thank you for everything.”
The Call Me By Your Name actor’s previous message of thanks was a little different. In a backwards pink cap, Lil Timmy Tim raps the word “statistics” over and over again, interspersed with cries of “Ms Lawton, Ms Lawton”, all the while pointing to the black background behind him (in an interview with Graham Norton, Chalamet revealed there was meant to be photos of his teacher behind him, but he was too lazy to edit the green screen).
Watch Chalamet’s #GraduateTogether speech above, and relive his statistics rap below.