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Jan Perry makes no friends at FIDM



Mayoral candidate and Councilwoman Jan Perry thought she was a little bigger than the people at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise yesterday afternoon, where she was a featured commencement speaker, treating the school with the same arrogance with which her staff often treats the public.

Slated to be a part of FIDM's largely attended and elaborate graduation ceremonies, conducted at the Staples Center and at considerable cost, Councilwoman Perry arrived an hour late, pleading traffic excuses.

Although notified of the speaking gig a month ago, she offered a lackluster, off-the-cuff four minute tubclunker that contained "absolutely nothing memorable" for the 7,000 in attendance, in the words of one disappointed FIDM staffer.

Then, apparently bored with the graduation proceedings, Perry elbowed her way past students attempting to shake their university president's hand, telling him personally that she had to leave.

One FIDM teacher told us, "Eww, I would never vote for her--I thought she was one of the good guys--it was obvious we meant nothing to her. The students won't remember a word she said, only that she didn't say anything at all inspiring--and that she was last to arrive and first to leave."

We could find nobody at all who was pleased with Perry's phoned-in appearance at the school. But we did find Perry's tweet, which made obvious how little she thought of her appearance and to whom it was really targeted: she hashtagged DTLA (downtown LA), Staples, and losangeles, but didn't bother with FIDM at all.