Millennials are complaining about how old they feel after watching a video in which top college football players can’t identify Britney Spears, TLC, the cast of Seinfeld, or an image of the AOL dial-up screen.
As Louisiana State University played (and beat) Clemson University in the NCAA College Football Championship game on Monday, ESPN had a bit of fun with some of the teams’ players, who were born between 1998 and 2001.
In a video that the network shared on Twitter, the players are shown pictures of famous performers, TV shows, and technology from the ’90s — and fail miserably to name them, mistaking a …Baby One More Time-era Britney Spears for Lady Gaga and TLC for Destiny’s Child.
You’ve got nothin’! ESPN quizzed football players from Clemson and LSU on ’90s pop culture — and none knew that the image shown here was from AOL
Oh baby, baby, how were they supposed to know? They players, all born between 1998 and 2001, also misidentified Britney Spears as Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, or Hilary Duff
What’s the deal? When shown this Seinfeld cast photo, they wondered if it was the cast of Friends or the Big Bang Theory
Definite scrubs: They also didn’t recognize TLC, guessing that this image shows Destiny’s Child or, in this player’s case, the Spice Girls
‘They may be playing for a national championship, but can some of these @ClemsonFB and @LSUfootball players identify Britney Spears? SPOILER: No they can’t,’ ESPN tweeted
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.
After sharing the years they were born, the young men are given index cards with photos on them, and asked to name what they see.
Again and again, they were stumped.
Holding a still of Britney Spears in the …Baby One More Time music video — an iconic shot of the singer in her schoolgirl uniform and pigtails — the players grasp for a name without success.
Something wasn’t right here! They were even shown one of the most iconic images of Britney, from her 1998 music video for …Baby One More Time
Technology: All the players are digitally native and have never known a time without internet. By the time they used computers, modems were obsolete
Tragic: Girl group TLC and rapper Girl group TLC and rapper Nas, who put out his most recent album in 1998, also had them stumped
They guess that the picture shows Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, and ‘the girl on Zoey 101’ — which was pretty close, since the star of that show was Britney’s little sister Jamie Lynn.
‘I don’t know who that is,’ says one, while another insists: ‘I ain’t ever seen her before in my life.’
They’re also presented with an image of the dial-up screen for AOL, showing the three icons that indicated that a sign-on was successful. In the late ’90s, the image was accompanied by the screeching sound of a modem.
‘I’m trying to figure out what the hell this is,’ one says. ‘What is this, actually?’
‘Is this, like, a website or something?’ asks another player, while a third jaw-droppingly asks if it’s MySpace.
Even when they’re informed that it’s AOL, one asks what that is, wondering if it’s a game.
Who needs one when there’s streaming? Several guessed what a VCR was, or at least knew it was similar to a DVD player
Not quite: While some knew Nas, at least one player guessed that he was Lil Bow Wow
Never let go! Titanic has some success, though at least one player thought this image showed Romeo & Juliet
Got one! The only one that everyone knew was the cast of Martin, which still has reruns on BET
When told that it’s how people got online, he asks, ‘On line what?’
Several manage to identify a VCR, though two fumble for the name and guess that it’s a ‘movie player’ or ‘DVD player.’
Next, they’re shown an image of the rapper Nas, who released his last album in 2018 and has been active since 1994.
‘I feel like I should know him but I don’t,’ says one.
Others says ‘I don’t know,’ with one guessing Bow Wow — but several do manage to name him.
When shown an iconic still from the movie Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet ‘flying’ on the bow of the ship, one player guesses ‘Romeo & Juliet.’
A snap of TLC stumps them as well, with one player guessing the Spice Girls and another guessing Destiny’s Child.
Aging fast: Twitter users are horrified by how old the video makes them feel
A photo of the cast of Seinfeld prompts the players to name Friends and the Big Bang Theory.
In fact, the only image that most of the players correctly identity is a promotional still for the Martin Lawrence sitcom Martin, which is still run in syndication on BET.
Since the video was posted, it has spurred quite a number of shocked reactions on Twitter from older users who are bewildered that people too young to know Britney Spears or TLC can be old enough to play college ball.
‘I feel old, but that was hilarious. When he said “online what” when they explained AOL,’ wrote ESPN reporter Tom VanHaaren.
‘“Spice Girls”!!!!!!! Oh these boys need to be educated smdh,’ another Twitter user chimed in.
‘Everything was all fun and games until they couldn’t identify Nas,’ said a third, while a fourth wrote: ‘This makes me so sad and feel really really really old.’