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March 12, 2019
WATCH: Press Conference on College Admissions Scam Including Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin
In case you haven't heard, Aunt Becky from Full House and Felicity Huffman, one of the Desperate Housewives, have been indicted in a wide sweeping college admissions scam, where wealthy parents paid a man named Michael Singer to give their children a leg up in college admissions to elite schools. Singer then worked with a number of people in testing administration roles, as well as coaches, to get students accepted into the schools of their choice. Below is video of the U.S. Attorney's Office announcing the charges and speaking to the press.
Authorities said the FBI investigation, code-named Operation Varsity Blues, uncovered a network of wealthy parents who paid thousands of dollars to a California man who boosted their children's chances of gaining entrance into elite colleges, such as Yale University and Stanford University, by paying people to take tests for their children, bribing test administrators to allow that to happen, and bribing college coaches and administrators to identify the applicants as athletes.
Some parents spent between $200k up to $6.5m to assure their little Skylars, Taylors and Bradens would beat out kids who were actually more qualified for the top schools in the country. Kids who actually, like, worked and studied hard enough to get admitted on their, like, merits and stuff.
Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 to bolster their two daughters' chances of gaining admission to the University of Southern California, court papers say. Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, paid $15,000 to get one of their daughters unlimited time for her SAT test, prosecutors say.
As the prosecutors said, this is a case of wealth and privilege scamming a system to rob people. For every shoddy admission Singer made happen, some poor schmuck who actually achieved got the shaft. Related: Trump Admin Wants to Expose Harvard's Huge Anti-Asian Bias.
We spend a lot of time around these parts bashing the college and university system. Because it's easy and we like it. But those who want to go to college for degrees in engineering, math, physics, or heck, even lesbian dance slam poetry, should still have the choice to go to college. But to be undercut by some entitled snobs shelling out fat stacks so their little Apples, Oranges and Cardamomns can beat out Jordan, Sarah and Kate is pretty icky.
The investigation is still an open one, so we're about to learn who else cheated to get their pampered brats into schools they weren't good enough to enter all on their own.