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Teachers On TikTok Share Their Thoughts On Meghan Trainor's Apology

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By Melanie VanDerveer on April 24, 2023 at 9:00 PM EDT

The teachers of TikTok are not accepting Meghan Trainor's apology.

The "All About That Bass" singer recently made the comment, "F teachers" during a "Workin' On It" podcast episode while chatting with Trisha Paytas. And even though it was a pre-recorded podcast, which meant there was time to reconsider putting that conversation out there to the public, it still went live and teachers all around the country have something to say.

After Trainor issued an apology with some context as to why she said what she said, many teachers have taken to TikTok to express their feelings and say that they don't accept her apology.

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Meghan Trainor Made Insensitive Comments About Teachers During Her Podcast

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Trainor created an apology video on TikTok that in less than one day has received nearly 2 million views and 18,000 comments.

“Teachers of TikTok and teachers of the world, I recently said, ‘F teachers’ on a podcast, and it’s not how I feel,” she began her apology video. “I was fired up because we were talking about how sending your kid to school here in America is so horrific, and what all of us have to go through, especially teachers is not normal and not okay.”

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She continued by explaining the backstory of her insensitive comments. “So, at that moment, I got angry and said, ‘F teachers. F those specific human beings back in the day.’ But I did not mean that to all teachers,” she continued. “I love teachers. I fight for teachers. I think they have the hardest job, and they are the most underpaid. They are the most unappreciated, and they raise all of us.”

Many followers, especially teachers, took to the comment section to leave their thoughts. Much of the comment section is filled with people explaining why what she said was not appreciated and the apology isn't enough.

"Unfortunately, this is the perspective our students are being taught to take at home. We are seeing behaviors unlike anything we’ve seen before," one teacher wrote.

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Another added, "As a kindergarten teacher who already feels unappreciated, it was harsh to hear your words. We literally lay our lives on the line for our kiddos."

One teacher commented about how hard teachers work, "This is super upsetting to hear as a teacher. We work thankless jobs, put our own money into our classrooms, and work countless unpaid hours."

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Teachers On TikTok Shared Videos Expressing Their Thoughts On Meghan Trainor's Comments And Apology

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Trainor's apology was a little too late for many who shared their thoughts on the harsh discussion about teachers on the podcast.

A teacher named Jen, who goes by Strategic Classroom on TikTok, shared a personal experience about the job teachers are expected to do in a video directed at Trainor.

"The last drill that I participated in as a teacher, I did not have a key to my room, and I could not lock my door," she began her story.

"I had been asking for a key for weeks because I knew that should something happen, I would need it to keep myself and my students safe."

She continued by explaining that she was told "they were working on it," but the drill happened, and she didn't have a key.

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"I did what I would have done if the situation were real, which is I pull the door shut and I'm standing in front of it while my students are pushed against the wall," she said. "An administrator comes and pulls the door open and I of course jump. I explained my situation that I don't have a key and I've been asking for one and he moves along."

The following day when Jen sees the administrator in the hallway, she's told that the situation tells him everything he needs to know about her as a teacher. "That if I were in that situation, I would protect the kids," she said. "And I sat there and thought about my 4 month old baby at home and I realized that the expectation was for teachers to sacrifice themselves."

She then gave Trainor a direct message. "Your explanation for why you said what you said makes no sense," she continued. "Because if anybody understand how scary it is to think about sending your kids to school with special backpacks, it's teachers."

Jen is just one of MANY teachers who created videos explaining their feelings on Trainor's podcast and her apology.

A video created by a music teacher shared the disappointment she was feeling captioned, "I know our support doesn’t matter to her, but we have a right to be disappointed nonetheless."

Another video talks about the book that Trainor wrote that will be released this week. Jason Lewis, who goes by the handle disastorphefilms on TikTok, posed the question about how people will read her book without teachers teaching them to read.

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"Thank you!! As a teacher it hurt more than usual to hear that from her. I was a huge fan," one follower wrote in the comment section.

"Let’s not forget that the only reason she can take any part in writing a book is because of the teachers who taught her ?‍?," added another.

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