WARNING: Above video contains graphic language
Reading Rainbow is getting rated-R.
On Saturday, the Rainbow host and Roots actor LeVar Burton stopped by Austin-based production studio Rooster Teeth with some unexpected – and explicit – readings for charity, according to CNN.
In an effort to assist the Rooster Teeth fundraising team for Extra Life, an annual 24-hour video game marathon that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, Burton cracked open Adam Mansbach’s Go the F––– to Sleep and read it aloud to a small group of excited adults.
Mansbach’s foul-mouthed, rhyming “kids’ book” sympathetically recounts the struggle of trying to put a child to bed. The story was a hit upon its release in 2011, even earning a reading from swear master Samuel L. Jackson, and it continued to be a crowd pleaser during Burton’s rendition.
The video of the artist formerly known as Geordi La Forge cursing for charity has gone viral, and it has helped Rooster Teeth surpass its fundraising goal of $200,000.
This has been a year of fundraising success for Burton. In May, the actor launched a Kickstarter to bring Reading Rainbow back to kids everywhere, this time as a massive digital library. The campaign soared past its donation goal of $1 million in less than 24 hours, ultimately raising over $5 million.
If this adult taste of Reading Rainbow wasn’t enough to quench your bout of nostalgia, check out Burton’s much tamer reading of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm below.