Despite being left out of Tuesday's White House coronavirus briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci still has America's attention, and has inspired yet another viral moment. Scott Hoying, member of the a cappella pop group Pentatonix and master Tik Toker, co-wrote a rap about Dr. Fauci set to a song from Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit, revolutionary musical Hamilton — and you have to see it.
Hoying tells InStyle the inspiration for the video came from an idea he and his co-writers, Brad Silnutzer and Joey Orton, had during a Zoom call (in true 2020 fashion). "We all felt weird about Fauci being silenced [by the White House] and stopped from speaking on TV," says Hoying. "He is easily the most qualified person to discuss this pandemic with the public."
The creative trio says they were looking to produce some kind of Hamilton parody video after the musical dropped on Disney+, and then it hit them: "The real breakthrough came when we realized 'Dr. Anthony Fauci' was the same number of syllables as 'Alexander Hamilton,'" says Orton. From there, they researched Dr. Fauci and his many accomplishments and ultimately arrived at lyrics that highlight why the American people should be listening to a well-respected, highly educated, and experienced immunologist. "We thought he deserved a theme song," Silnutzer says.
We also couldn't help but notice that the InStyle digital cover made a cameo in his video. Hoying isn't the only one to give a nod to the iconic (if we do say so ourselves) cover. The Late Show host and former InStyle cover star Stephen Colbert — among other celebs and media outlets — paid tribute to the cover during a segment on his show from home.
The stars have managed to have some fun surrounding the coronavirus and America's leading immunologist, but in all seriousness, wear a damn mask.