When the School of the Art Institute of Chicago said they’d be giving Kanye West an honorary doctorate at this year’s commencement ceremony, some people from the school criticized the decision to honor Yeezy.
"There's still this sense that high art is what we do, is what we honor, is what we're about and that pop culture is not what we teach in art school,” the institute’s Dean of Faculty, Lisa Wainwright, said in an interview with Fader. "I think that's a problem. We’re trying to collapse those boundaries a little bit. That's what I like about Kanye."
While Wainwright stands behind the school's decision, some former students haven't held back from voicing their displeasure. Blogger Jay Enne, for instance, penned an essay titled "I Don't Want Kanye West To Receive An Honorary Doctorate From My Alma Mater” in which she wrote, “He is not an artist. He is a celebrity."
Some have complained about his lyrics with flyers around campus, while others have taken to Twitter to argue that Yeezy doesn't deserve the award.
But the school's president, Walter E. Massey, says those dissenting opinions do not represent the majority view. "That hasn't been as widespread,” he explained to Fader. "They get maddened about it once they get on social media. People who have no connection with the school will comment on it. They're still young. People aren't fully formed in any of these areas."
Despite the haters, Wainwright says she's happy that Kanye's accepting the degree. "The guy is smart," she said. "The lyrics are smart, the music is beautiful, it's complicated, it's post-modern, it's hip, it's awakening, I couldn't be happier."
'Ye's big day is quickly approaching. According to Kanye -- who recently discussed art at Oxford University -- the degree will be presented on May 5.