Meghan Trainor apologized after comments she made about teachers during an episode of her podcast, Workin’ On It. The singer, who co-hosts the podcast with her brother Ryan Trainor, said she was riled up while talking about school shootings and didn’t mean to offend teachers.
“Everyone on TikTok is like, ‘This is what it’s like having kids in America. I have a bulletproof backpack.’ I was like, ‘F*** all that … f*** teachers, dude,’” Trainor said in the April 19 episode clip.
Within hours of the soundbite going viral, Trainor posted a response on her TikTok account explaining she doesn’t feel that way toward teachers. Trainor, who is expecting her second child with actor Daryl Sabara, has been open in the past about her intention to homeschool their kids.
Trisha Paytas, who was the guest on the podcast episode, also added that she was worried about her 1-year-old daughter, Malibu, dealing with teachers and bullies in school after Paytas personally experienced bullying while growing up.
“Teachers of TikTok and teachers of the world, I recently said ‘F teachers’ on the podcast and it’s not how I feel,” she said. “I was fired up because we were talking about how sending your kid to school here in America is so horrific.”
There have been 14 school shootings in the U.S. since the start of 2023. The most recent situation happened on April 6 when a 16-year-old was injured after a gun accidentally discharged on a school bus in Greenville, N.C.
“I am sorry for being careless with my words. I love teachers, and I am here for you. Let’s work to make schools a better place together,” Trainor continued. “They are the most unappreciated when they literally raise all of us. I don’t want to make excuses, I just want to [say] I am so so sorry.”
Trainor also thanked the TikTok account @galsgotmoxie, who helped circulate the podcast clip on the platform. In response, @galsgotmoxie also re-shared Trainor’s apology and captioned it, “lots of respect for [Trainor’s] response.
“As much as we gotta speak up when things aren’t okay, we also gotta let people grow,” @galsgotmoxie wrote. “Part of that (for me at least) is accepting apologies.”
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