I have to confess to a weakness for people who specialize in taking pop culture ideas and using them to express really nerdy policy problems. Even more awesome is when the particularly nerdy policy idea also happens to impact actual young people.
And thus, actress Chanel Carroll has given the world “Tuition,” a parody of Beyonce’s “Partition.”
The original video reflected a standard pop culture sex-and-dancing theme, with a particular focus on the expression of female sexuality.
In the Carroll version we see the great burden of student debt in the lives of young people:
I just wanna live a debt-free life./A debt-free life.
Sallie Mae please pay my tuition fast. /I had financial aid it shouldn’t be this vast.
Despite a course on Beyonce at Rutgers the singer did not actually attend college. While she may have already sung about people “callin’ like a collector,” whatever problems she may have, Sallie Mae is not one of them.
Now if only we could get a pop stars to sing real songs about the burden of student loans.