LeVar Burton Reacts To Kanye’s Recent Claims That He Doesn’t Read Books, Urges Rapper To ‘Share A Different Message With The Children Enrolled’ At His Donda school
It looks like LeVar Burton isn’t too fond of Kanye West’s recent remarks about reading!
The Reading Rainbow host recently called out the rapper for seemingly denouncing reading.
During a recent interview, Kanye West told the hosts that he’s never read a book and prefers speaking instead. The outspoken rapper said,
“I actually haven’t read any book. Reading is like eating Brussels sprouts for me. And talking is like getting the Giorgio Baldi corn ravioli.”
See the clip below:
Kanye says he’s never read a book, but loves to talk. Y’all’s thoughts? pic.twitter.com/DVFuTCxApt
— Van Lathan Jr (@VanLathan) September 17, 2022
It appears actor and Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton was offended by Kanye’s comments and had a message of his own for the Chicago rapper.
On Tuesday (Sept. 19) Burton took to Twitter to address the fact that Kanye West has never read a book, suggesting that he may be sending the wrong message to the students at his new private school, Donda Academy. Burton wrote:
“Hmmm… I’m going have to take Mr. West at his word. I hope however, that he shares a different message with the children enrolled in the school he’s founded named after his mother, who was an professor of English. I’m fairly certain she read a book or two. #bydhttmwfi”
Kanye’s shocking statement comes shortly after announcing that he has opened the doors to his mysterious new Christian Preparatory school named after his late mother Donda West!
Headquartered in Simi Valley, California, the tuition-based Christian prep school’s mission is to build
“the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators by providing them with a world-class education that includes a rigorous core curriculum, and an emphasis on sustainability, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving… using an ethic of integrity and care.”
The school–which is not yet accredited and was still looking to hire instructors shortly before the school year began–is reported to cost students $15,000 a year. As many as half of the students currently receiving tuition at the facility are believed to be the recipients of financial assistance or school scholarships.
The school caters to children aged five to 18 and allows 12 students per class. According to sources, families are required to sign nondisclosure agreements; a consultant to the school claims only parents sign, and described it as an “informal agreement.”
While Kanye West’s mission is admirable, there have been a number of abnormalities. The school has shared little information about its academics beyond what’s on its sparse website. The academy’s website merely notes that students’ daily schedule includes
“full school worship; core classes of language arts, math, and science; lunch and recess; enrichment courses including World Language, Visual Art, Film, Choir, and Parkour.”
Kanye has yet to respond to LeVar Burton’s remarks.
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