Hollywood star Shailene Woodley, famous for her lead role in the "Divergent" series, confused social media users over the weekend after she posted a video to Twitter of a woman at a Bernie Sanders march in Manhattan who said she was supporting the Vermont senator because of her massive student loan debt.
"Why are you voting for Bernie Sanders?" Woodley asked the woman.
The young woman, who had a piece of cardboard with her student loan debt number hung around her neck, replied, "Because my debt is $226,000, and I only want to help people communicate effectively."
"What did you go to school for?" Woodley asked the woman in reply.
"Speech pathology," the unidentified woman said.
"Speech pathology? And you're $226,000 in debt?" Woodley again asked. "So now you're voting for Bernie Sanders?"
"Wooooo!" the woman shouted back in affirmation. "Everyone hustle, text 'journey for bernie,' phone bank, do whatever you can!"
@lindsayzissis telling me why she's voting for #BernieSanders she's $226,000 in debt for trying to help the world https://t.co/oo2Z7q8nDv— Shailene Woodley (@Shailene Woodley) 1460830834.0
However, many Twitter users were unable to make much sense of the exchange or wrap their heads around the young woman's amount of debt.
Others were upset that the woman took nearly a quarter-million dollars' worth of loans to get an average-paying job and now expects other hard-working Americans to help her pay off her debt.
If you have 226k in student loan debt (and it's not bc you went to med school), you're just an idiot. https://t.co/cTBXlhdYwj— Angie Huss (@Angie Huss) 1460928244.0
Sanders is running his presidential campaign on a platform that includes advocating for "free" public college tuition, according to his campaign website.
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