Why is Farrah Abraham suing Harvard? Reality star slams 'pathetic' institution
After allegedly suffering "educational abuse" at "pathetic" Harvard University, former 'Teen Mom' star Farrah Abraham vowed to "take legal action" against the premier educational institution, news outlets reported on Saturday, August 28.
Abraham was last in the news when she posted a picture of her 12-year-old daughter Sophie, who was wearing hair extensions and makeup. Fans slammed Abraham for dressing her up 'looking like 20'. In May, Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli resigned after Abraham and multiple other women accused him of sexual assault. That same month, Abraham called Chrissy Teigen "disturbing" for calling her a "w***e" years ago on Twitter.
The 30-year-old told TMZ on Thursday that she had a "Chrissy Teigen issue" while pursuing an extension program for a Master's degree in creative writing. After being ordered to submit an assignment without proofreading it, the former 'Teen Mom' cast member claimed she was pressured to abandon the course.
Farrah Abraham gave TMZ a negative review of Harvard while wearing a Harvard sweatshirt pic.twitter.com/uKSXjEaYDe— Who? Weekly (@whoweekly) August 27, 2021
Professor Patricia Bellanca encouraged the former "Teen Mom" actress to submit a "class activity" for her creative writing master's program without checking it over, according to TMZ. According to Abraham, the lecturer then used the assignment to persuade her to drop the program entirely, Fox News reported. "I will be taking legal action against Harvard," Abraham told TMZ. I properly gave them time. I sadly had to write a review on Niche, on Yelp and on Google Maps because no one was getting back to me." "Hypocrite, scam, illegal ivy league joke," she wrote in her lengthy review.
It all started with an email from Bellanca, where she sent the annotated version of Abraham's writing. The email, shared by TMZ, read: "I urge you to drop this course now, while it's still easy to make a change in your schedule and instead enroll in Expo S-15 (which would give you additional practice with reading and writing at the college level).
It added: "You may elect to stay in this course, and I'll do my best to support you if you do, but it's important for you to know that if it becomes clear that a student's lack of preparation is impeding the progress of the course, that student can be subject to exclusion. At that point, a course change or tuition refund would not be possible. Again my strong advice is that you drop this course now and take a lower-level writing course instead; doing so will put you in a better position to be successful in Expo E/S-42a at a later date."
#TeenMomOG Farrah Abraham trashes @Harvard on Yelp after getting booted from an online writing class. She included a message from the professor suggesting she take a lower level class to learn how to write sentences. PLUS, Farrah's 17 other Yelp reviews! https://t.co/pMargaYrqw pic.twitter.com/mYoJaoo2uR— Starcasm (@starcasm) August 25, 2021
Abraham shared a screenshot of the email, where she added a note at the end typed in red. "This was a class assignment ungraded, the teacher was mentally unstable," she wrote. "Declining a master's degree student an education that is payed [sic] for is illegal according to our constitution. The Teacher didn't even know how to run an [sic] class online. Harvard's writing center is based off of Purdue university, Harvard's writing center can not [sic] help students and Harvard is a scam."
Abraham began her interview with TMZ by stating that she had been subjected to unfair treatment as a result of her tasks in a recent course. "An elder teacher in a position of power with a male dean blocked me out of a class and also said lies about my work," she remarked. She further stated that she attempted to contact the institution to clarify the situation, but that "nobody took a call, no one took a meeting." The reality TV star, according to the Daily Mail, was reportedly taken aback by an instructor's reaction to her class assignment, which she was advised to turn in without 'checking it over.'
"When a teacher tells you "don't worry about checking it over, it's a class activity, just send it over to me"...as soon as I get off the class, she then sends an email, she urges me to stop the course," she recalled. Abraham went on to say that "Harvard's system is entirely, like, wrong," and that "Harvard's system is completely, like, wrong. It's abusive.'
She also expressed her dissatisfaction with the lack of diversity she supposedly encountered in her university class. "Harvard is a joke, it is a scam, that's my Harvard review...I was the most person [sic] of color in the class, everyone else is super white," she said.
The singer stated that she was eager to put the past behind her, despite her continued dissatisfaction with her treatment. "I'm happy I got my official transcripts and I can move on with my life, but wow, that was an awful, awful environment to do school in. I don't deserve it, and I treat myself better than that," she remarked.
Abraham also defined herself as "a hard worker by nature" and informed the news organization that the institution's standards were not professional. "I see that I'm not working with good people, and Harvard is a very abusive Ivy League school," she said. "'Harvard has mentally, psychologically screwed us all up to think that they're the most prestigious Ivy League; they are not," she said, adding, "Their academic standards are out of date, they're old, they're archaic and they need to update their system."
Abraham also left a lengthy one-star review of Harvard on Yelp, where she expressed her dissatisfaction with the alleged treatment she experienced from its professors. She described the university in the message as neither a "safe nor credible school to attend," and that "they offer nothing to really produce in the real world."
TMZ also reached out to Harvard for comment, and the university responded by stating that due to federal student privacy rules, they do not comment on individual academic problems. Because she couldn't show that she was formally attending Harvard, the reality TV star had Harvard's name removed from her LinkedIn profile in May.