Federal Student Aid Twitter Mocks Students With "Bridesmaids" Meme

Christine Rousselle
Posted: Jun 25, 2014 10:03 AM
Federal Student Aid Twitter Mocks Students With "Bridesmaids" Meme

It's no secret that college is expensive, and many American college students will apply for loans and grants using FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. @FAFSA, the official Twitter account for the Federal Student Aid office of the U.S. Department of Education, tweeted an odd and somewhat insulting Tweet last night to its nearly 65k followers:

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The "Help me. I'm poor." text is a reference to the movie Bridesmaids, when a drugged-out character portrayed by Kristen Wiig demanded a seat in the first class cabin of an airplane.

The tweet was deleted less than 12 hours after it was sent.

While this was certainly a valiant effort to be relevant and/or funny to today's college-bound 17 through 22 year old students, it's a little odd for an official Twitter account for a federal program to be tweeting stills from movies. Furthermore, there's a big difference between actual poverty and being unable to afford a college education--never mind the fact that the Department of Education's subsidies are a large reason as to why higher education is so expensive in the first place.

Higher education is a bubble, and thanks to the DOE's policies and loans inflating tuition costs, that bubble is going to burst.