A private school in South Yorkshire has had to apologise after a TikTok video of its pupils rapping about their wealth went viral.
Sixth formers at the £14,000-a-year Hill House school posted a video bragging about “fat trust funds” and “living off daddy’s money” over the tune of Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.
One student in a pinstripe suit who calls himself Tarquin raps “everyone’s rich, everyone’s posh” while waving a wad of cash.
The student raps: “Everyone’s rich, everyone’s posh, I reckon you’ll find they all say gosh. Everyone has MacBook Pros, iPhone 11s, what are those.
“Everyone asks, ‘Tarquin, what kind of school do you go to, and I would just say…’
“You’re at a private school, a posh version of education, there’s nothing you can’t flex”, as they show off their watches.
“You’re at a private school there’s nothing you can’t flex” Well you can’t flex lip syncing skills I’ll tell yer that for free yikes what a balls up pic.twitter.com/qlKs5m4FkH— Pete Burns’ Confiscated Coat (@harrisonjbrock) October 23, 2020
The homemade video sparked anger on social media.
One person blasted the “sickening” footage after it went viral, while another pointed out the poor timing of showing off their wealth while people suffer through a pandemic.
A spokesman from the school said: “It has come to our notice that regrettably a small number of our sixth form students have posted a video online which was filmed at our school.
“Albeit we understand the video was intended to be a satire of a currently very popular TikTok challenge, we feel it is in bad taste and in no way reflects the wonderful community of Hill House School, either in tone or demographic.
“We would therefore like to apologise for any offence caused and are assured that the students involved understand its potentially offensive content and have deleted the original post from all social media platforms.”
Since you are here
Since you are here, we wanted to ask for your help.
Journalism in Britain is under threat. The government is becoming increasingly authoritarian and our media is run by a handful of billionaires, most of whom reside overseas and all of them have strong political allegiances and financial motivations.
Our mission is to hold the powerful to account. It is vital that free media is allowed to exist to expose hypocrisy, corruption, wrongdoing and abuse of power. But we can't do it without you.
If you can afford to contribute a small donation to the site it will help us to continue our work in the best interests of the public. We only ask you to donate what you can afford, with an option to cancel your subscription at any point.
To donate or subscribe to The London Economic, click here.
The TLE shop is also now open, with all profits going to supporting our work.
The shop can be found here.
You can also SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER .