Buzzkill: School Takes Down 4th Grade Teacher's Kanye-Themed Classroom
The likability factor of Kanye West is a contentious one (Yeezy for President 2020?), but parents were apparently less than enthused when a fourth grade teacher in Fresno County Kanye-fied his classroom.
Teacher Adrian Perez, who is a REALLY big fan of the rapper, recently decorated his McCabe Elementary school in Mendota all-things Kanye just in time for the new school year. However, it looks like all the hard work Perez put into Yeezying-up his classroom went to waste. Team Kanye Daily tweeted this week that the school was receiving "bad emails and phone calls" about the classroom, and administrators "removed all things Kanye." Perhaps the parents felt a rapper whose debut album is titled The College Dropout wasn't the best academic influence.
LAist contacted the Mendota Unified School District about stripping the classroom clean, but district secretary Lydia Silva, would not confirm whether or not it happened, but said the school was in the midst of preparing a statement about the whole ordeal. Perez, who had proudly tweeted out photos of his classroom last month, put his Twitter account on private today. A tweet from this Tuesday read, "Thank you @mzdeemac & @TeamKanyeDaily. Your support is greatly appreciated." We reached out to Perez, but have not heard back at this time.
We're actually pretty impressed with Perez's dedication to Yeezy, as he had the iconic Dropout Bear cartoon decorated on the classroom door and throughout the inside of the room. A sign on the door read, "Welcome to the Good Life," a nod to one of Kanye's songs. Perez told Team Kanye Daily that he painted his room red in honor of Yeezy's album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. "He wore all red outfits during that time period as you know and also because of the Red October shoes," Perez said.
While some may not think of Kanye being inspirational, Perez highlighted parts of his songs to encourage his students. For example, the "Champion" track was used as a theme on his wall where he posted the best writing assignments from students, and "Power" was a theme for students who were strong readers.
"I feel as if I tore walls down and created several opportunities for me to think outside the box, and I encourage my students do the same. Perez told Good Morning America. "I was innovative while designing this classroom. I aspire to be the Kanye West of teaching: Kanye West is one of the most influential people in the world and is the best at what he does. To elaborate, I want to be a positive influence to my students and be the best teacher I can be for them."