Nicki Minaj snubbed by her own high school

Nicki Minaj, a rapper of some renown who at virtually any opportunity encourages her fans to stay in school and graduate, will not be allowed to speak to students at her alma mater, New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, a performing arts institution.

Minaj tweeted about the snub yesterday, expressing shock and dismay.

Here, by the way, is Minaj on the subject of education in Marie Claire last year: “My fans send me pictures of their diplomas; the younger ones send me pictures of their report card. Whether I had this platform or not, I would be telling little girls and little boys, stay in school. Always depend on yourself.” Nope, definitely not a good role model. Too much twerking!

We called up Dr. Lisa Mars, the principal who declined Minaj’s offer, and, after enduring some predictable hold music—the theme from Fame, a 1980 film based on student life at the school—were able to leave a message with her secretary. We also emailed Dr. Mars and LaGuardia’s assistant principal, John Sommers, only to be directed to a spokeswoman at the Department of Education, which is already investigating this matter, per the Daily News

She, too, proved to be unavailable.

Meanwhile, Minaj is retweeting proof of her positive influence on young minds:

Yeah, I think I see the problem here—Nicki cares too much.

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Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'