At the White House Halloween party on Monday night, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos showed up as The Magic School Bus’s Ms. Frizzle. Whereas the 90s icon is remembered as everyone’s favorite teacher, DeVos’s appropriation of this delightful figure has left the internet seething.
Betsy DeVos how dare you besmirch the good name and honor of Ms. Frizzle!!! pic.twitter.com/yN57Vb1DnB
— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) October 31, 2017
DeVos’s costume choice was especially ironic given the fact that Ms. Frizzle was a champion of public education, diversity, and science. DeVos, however, has decimated protections for campus sexual assault victims, changed federal guidance regarding transgender students, denied the realities of climate change, and mistakenly called historically black colleges the “real pioneers” of school choice, which has its roots in racism and segregation.
The internet was quick to pick up on the hypocrisy of her costume choice, and wasted no time castigating the Trump administration’s least popular cabinet member for dragging the beloved Ms. Frizzle into the swamp of this White House.
This is garbage for many reasons. 1) Ms. Frizzle believes in science https://t.co/zTCTuPzWK6
— Greg Bennett (@GreggyBennett) October 31, 2017
Has Betsy DeVos ever even been in a bus https://t.co/9ywZZFBxAs
— Heather Dockray (@Wear_a_helmet) October 31, 2017
The difference is Ms. Frizzle saw the value in quality public education. https://t.co/28MPS5luG1
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) October 31, 2017
TO ALL PARENTS: We regret to inform you that field trip funding has been cut and The Magic School Bus will be sold to a for-profit prison
— Chuck Cotterman (@MrCott) October 31, 2017
how DARE Betsy DeVos try to dress up as queer icon Ms. Frizzle pic.twitter.com/Z3kEsLVJ35
— Brendan Davis (@notbrendan) October 31, 2017
That’s ironic as Ms. Frizzle supported education and learning for all students and DeVos does not.
— megan riley (@mariley2) October 31, 2017
I guess this Ms Frizzle would get those kids a Charter Bus pic.twitter.com/jYdqukr8fP
— patrick sullivan (@PatchNavillus) October 31, 2017
Who can forget the magical episode where Ms Frizzle told them all their programs were being shut down? https://t.co/g03nRLS9F4
— Matt Largo (@strontiumlulaby) October 30, 2017
Betsy DeVos had the nerve to dress up as Ms. Frizzle. You ma'am, aren't even worthy of being Arnold's annoying cousin Janet! pic.twitter.com/2lIpjSIt94
— Jill Biden (@JillBidenVeep) October 31, 2017