From the Huff Post:
(Lori) Loughlin was allegedly part of a scheme of more than 40 defendants who paid up to $6 million in bribes to ensure their children were accepted to schools such as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and Harvard.
Loughlin played “Aunt Becky” on the famous classic sitcom Full House. I gotta admit, this chocked me to my core as I used to be a fan of the show. But she wasn’t the only star that was caught. Actress Felicity Huffman was also charged.
This is major, and as such, the internet came out memes blazing. Check some of them out here.
The Hollywood stars allegedly joined CEOs of private and public companies, real estate professionals and a fashion designer in paying up to $6 million in bribes to ensure that their children were accepted to schools such as Yale and Georgetown. Most of the parents paid $250,000 to $400,000 per student.
The alleged scheme, which the FBI called a “nationwide conspiracy,” allowed parents to pay for their children to cheat on exams and apply to elite schools as student athletes, regardless of their actual skills. Top college coaches at the schools are also among those charged, but authorities said they are not investigating the schools themselves.
Federal prosecutors said 33 parents bribed entrance exam administrators along with varsity coaches and administrators.
The bribery ring allegedly got its start several years ago when William Rick Singer founded a for-profit college admissions company in Newport Beach, California, that masqueraded as a not-for-profit group, according to authorities. He agreed to plead guilty to charges including racketeering and money laundering conspiracy.
Only one of Loughlin’s daughters admitted on video that she didn’t care about college, at least not the “learning” part. She was more interested in college parties. But regardless, her mom chucked hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to get her and her sister into USC (University of Southern California).
It’s funny how it’s hard for young folks from working class families who do qualify to go to university, but this super scandal shows that with the right amount of money and plenty of people who would ensure that children from upper class families, even the lesser qualified, can get into any school they or their parents want.
This is (over) privilege at work.