Mark Zuckerberg Talks Success After Dropping Out of School (on The Simpsons)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been in the press a lot over the last couple of weeks. Ok, he’s been in the press a lot all year, but particularly as The Social Network approached its theatrical release Friday.
Zuckerberg also announced a $100 million donation to public schools and the launch of a new foundation called Startup:Education. Some considered the move little more than a PR tactic to improve his image as The Social Network paints it as one who betrays, (at least to some – the beauty of the film is that this is very open to debate). Others simply praised the gesture.
Either way, Zuckerberg displayed a sense of humor about the topic of education in a voice-over he contributed to The Simpsons, which aired last night.
In the clip, Lisa Simpson asks Zuckerberg to talk about how education was instrumental to his success. To this, he reponsed, "Well, the truth is, I dropped out of Harvard."
"Better earnin’ than learnin’," declared the character of Nelson.
"Hell yeah! I’ll get the best kind of degree…honorary baby!" exclaimed Zuckerberg. He then pointed to Bill Gates and Virgin Airlines’ Richard Branson as other dropouts. A janitor steps out and says he hasn’t done too well for himself, and proclaims that he graduated.