If there are any letters you never want to see attached to the end of Kanye West‘s name for the rest of your days, they’re without a doubt “PhD”. And yet, that’s exactly what you’ll have to do from now on, since Kanye was given an honourary doctorate from the School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) yesterday. And doesn’t he look thrilled about it!
From The Chicago Tribune:
Lisa Wainwright, dean of faculty and vice president of academic administration at SAIC, said she read an interview with West, who moved to Chicago at age 3, in which he said he wished he had attended SAIC.
“I read it and thought, ‘Wow, this is a fantastic moment.’ Here is this major figure in the cultural landscape promoting art school, this guy from Chicago saying art school is cool. So we thought, ‘This man deserves an honorary doctorate from us!’ He should have gone here,” said Wainwright, who sits on the committee that decides honorary degrees.
All very ~ironic~ from the man whose debut album was called College Dropout. How appropriately hipster. Below you can watch the video of his speech (!!) and see just how thrilled Kim Kardashian is on his behalf.
Dr. Kanye West!!!!!!! I'm so proud of you baby & I know your mom would be so proud too!!!! ???? pic.twitter.com/dgcj3uUVvq
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 11, 2015
I mean, I guess it’s cute or whatever, but it also makes college degrees pretty fucking meaningless. Why spend $120k and four years of busting your ass when you can just get famous and be given a degree for free? I know that’s not the point of these “honourary” titles, but… for real?