When she wrote this song, Apple wasn't sure if Shameika was real or if she was confabulated. Before the album was released, Apple talked about Shameika in a New Yorker article
that her third grade teacher, Linda Kunhardt, came across. Kunhardt emailed Apple a photo of Shameika, proving that she was, in fact, real.
"She's so cute - she doesn't look like a bully at all," Apple explained to Vulture
. "She's just got this big smile on her face. But on the piece of paper that Miss Kunhardt sent me, there's this short essay Shameika had written on the top. And, man, it is amazing. It's all about how she got put up to do this thing in church, in the service. And everybody was laughing because she was so cute and she messed up words or something. And she was so pissed. She was like, 'They used me to bring the people in there, to think it was cute. They used me.' I was like, This little kid realized what the f-k was going on