A comment Meghan Trainor made about teachers went viral on social media, prompting educators to criticize her. In an episode of her podcast, Trainor and her guest Trisha Paytas discussed the American educational system, with Trainor expressing frustration over the prevalence of bulletproof backpacks and related social media topics. Trainor concurred with Paytas, adding, “F— teachers.”
Many educators and teachers expressed their disappointment and frustration on social media, highlighting their efforts to provide a safe and positive learning environment for their students. The remark was viewed as insulting and disdainful towards teachers who work diligently to educate and support their students every day.
Teachers on TikTok stated that Trainor’s remark was ignorant and damaging while others questioned her awareness of the difficulties teachers face in the current education system. Some teachers also noted that they have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to provide online and in-person education despite facing unprecedented challenges and a lack of government support.
Trainor issued an apology video on TikTok, clarifying that her remark was not directed at all teachers and expressing her respect for the profession. The incident has sparked a discussion about the significance of respecting teachers and the necessity of supporting them in their work, especially during these difficult times.