Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Drake are among the numerous stars who have generously paid the student loan debt of some of their fans.
Former “Daily Show” star Hasan Minhaj was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday where he testified before Congress about the student debt crisis in the U.S., and emphasized the fact that stars helping to pay off fans’ student loans may make for inspirational headlines, but also indicates there’s something very, very wrong with a system that requires people get deeply in debt just to get an education.
As the “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” star declared at a House Financial Services Committee hearing, America’s student debt crisis is nothing short of a “paywall to the middle class,” reports NBC News.
“I think it’s a huge problem that the youth of America have to bombard their favourite rapper or pop musician and ask them to pay back their student loans,” he said.
Minhaj devoted an episode of his Netflix political comedy series to the issue, which shockingly surveyed his studio audience to discover that 200 people in the crowd owed a combined $6 million in student loan debt.
“Now granted, our audience is mainly unemployed poli-sci majors, but that’s still a lot of money,” Minhaj joked.
During his testimony, Minhaj name-checked Swift, who recently made headlines for paying off the student loan of a fan.
“They’re not even asking for selfies anymore. Are you a fan of Taylor Swift? Are you a Swiftie?” he asked a clearly confused lawmaker.
“Even her fans have gone up to her and asked if she would pay off her student loans,” he explained. “That’s how desperate student borrowers are.”
The hearing was one of the first that the House Financial Services Committee has held focusing on student loan debt.
“Given the scale of the crisis at hand,” said the committee’s chairwoman, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, “it’s long overdue.”
Meanwhile, a recent episode of “Patriot Act” focusing on climate change featured Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau: