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JEREMY LIN SIGHTING: Watch Lin “Rap,” Give Cliche Words Of Wisdom To Graduating NYC High School Students


Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan is arguably one of the best public high schools in the country. As someone who did not attend “Stuy,” I think everyone who goes there is a lame nerd. But if Stuy students didn’t have something (elite status, prime location, etc) to hold over our heads before, now they’ve got Jeremy Lin sending over inspirational videos to the graduating class.

Lin was invited to speak at the 2012 graduation, but “couldn’t make it,” probably because he’s still getting over knee surgery/trying out hipster frames. But he seems to be doing well, hanging out in his sweet new pad, and thinking of creative ways to impart words of wisdom to the next generation of geniuses. Unfortunately, in this day and age, “creative” means “attempting to rap.” [Update: This is apparently an inside joke, so, ha ha.]

Besides the hip-hopping, good on Lin for taking the time to do this. But, “never let anyone tell you what you can’t do”? “Pursue your passion”? Is he reading out of the Book of Things Everybody Says All The Time*? He left out some of my favorite passages, including “Don’t stop until you achieve your dreams,” “Reach for the stars!” and “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

Also, the quick cut to his glass-less face giving a message to the Christian Club is like, what? Is that the angel that sits on your shoulder and tells you not to peek into the girls locker room at the gym? Not that I need anybody to tell me not to do that. No sir.

Meanwhile, Lin’s Knicks tip off against the Heat today at 3:30 EST. Will he make an inspirational video for his teammates, this time without a rapping segment? Only time will tell.

*not a real book

[Update: At the polite suggestion of some of our readers, I checked out the Stuyvesant High School request video. It was... adorable. And it's hard to hate on Lin after watching both. You can find the request video on the YouTube page for the video above. That being said, as a Midwood High School alum, I still think Stuy kids are nerds.]

[h/t Reddit]


  • http://twitter.com/JdotD James D ♣

    Because glasses are meant to cover your eyebrows…

  • Gng

    If 
    Eric Goldschein, the writer,  saw the video of the students, he would know that the rapping was an imitation to the student’s video. I think that it was generous of Jeremy to even do this thing for the students. Lin as a superstar is humble enough to go down and inspire students, that is utterly a RARE gesture. And it maybe a cliche, but he is so influential that everything he says will be viewed as pure wisdom to those who idolize him. 

  • An Everyday Reader

     ”As someone who did not attend “Stuy,” I think everyone who goes there is a lame nerd.”

    What a douche-bag! And you call yourself a writer! One day you’ll be working your sorry butt for those “lame nerds.” They’ll be advancing in science, mathematics, and engineering fields and you’ll be stuck writing crap articles like this sh!t.

    It was incredibly nice of Lin to even upload this video and you’re bashing it? No wonder society is so screwed up, because dumb pieces of sh!t like you discourage it. I don’t give a damn if this is cliche, because at least he’s reaching out to these children. He could’ve ignored the video, but instead he’s encouraging them to pursue their dreams. You, sir, should be ashamed of yourself. Your attitude is crap, and I’ll hang myself before I ever read one your biased, pathetic works ever again.

  • Hello

     WELL PUT. 110% agree with you.

  • dsaf

    You are so unprofessional. I seriously hope you don’t get paid to write this crap. Otherwise it’s pretty much ok. 

  • Anonymous

    This guy wants to get fired for writing piece of shit ,  so Lin would take him to dinner.

  • God

    This writer hasn’t even watched the original request video, and has the audacity to write such a crappy article? how did you even get a job?

  • Unamused

    All I got from this dumb article is that you don’t like Stuyvesant High School. You sound like a petty high school student for making fun of the students there. You take something that Jeremy Lin graciously did for the upcoming graduates and make fun of it because of his rapping and because he said some cliche stuff. Aren’t most graduation speeches cliche? What’s he supposed to say? Is he supposed to tell them that the state of the economy is in disarray, so good luck with that? You should maybe find a different career path because writing is not your forte.


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