Betsy DeVos Dared Dress as Ms. Frizzle for Halloween



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Who’s going to break the news to Lily Tomlin? On Monday night, Betsy DeVos attended the White House’s Halloween celebration as Ms. Frizzle, the zany cartoon teacher originally voiced by Tomlin on the popular 1990s show The Magic School Bus. Dressed in a bright orange wig and a skirt decorated with planets, the White House education secretary—currently working to undo various Obama-era regulations that protect students—stood next to pundit Kellyanne Conway at the celebration.

During her confirmation hearing in January, DeVos was unable to answer some very basic questions about the United States education system and revealed that she did not know adequate information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.).

Tomlin, who handed the Magic School Bus keys over to Kate McKinnon for the new Netflix version, The Magic School Bus Rides Again (McKinnon plays Ms. Frizzle’s sister, Fiona), has repeatedly spoken out against the Trump administration, including during an Emmy Awards appearance with 9 to 5 co-star Jane Fonda.

“Back in 1980, in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a badist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” Fonda said. Tomlin finished the line: “In 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a badist, hypocritical, lying, egotistical bigot.”

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