As TFPP covered earlier, the internet was rocked Tuesday when the feds unveiled indictments against fifty people for allegedly engaging in a $250 million scheme to bribe their kids’ way into elite universities such as Yale, Georgetown, and Stanford.
The scandal has ensnared numerous celebrities, business people, and other generally loaded Americans, including actress Lori Loughlin, better known as Aunt Becky on the 90s hit “Full House.” She and husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of spending $500,000 to get their two daughters designated as University of Southern California crew team recruits — despite never participating in crew.
Tonight, the story appears out to be even sleazier. Page Six reports that one of the couple’s daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli, didn’t exactly use her (allegedly) ill-gotten admission for academic betterment:
Giannulli in September last year posted sponsored content on Instagram for Amazon Prime, featuring a photo of her in her new dorm room at the University of Southern California with the caption: “Officially a college student! It’s been a few weeks since I moved into my dorm and I absolutely love it. I got everything I needed from Amazon with @primestudent and had it all shipped to me in just two-days” […]
Before Olivia Jade went off to college in 2018, she generated controversy by posting to her popular YouTube channel that she didn’t “really care about school” but wanted the “experience” of “partying.”
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend,” she told her nearly 2 million subscribers, according to Yahoo News.
“But I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
After the inevitable backlash of people calling her spoiled, ungrateful, and probably a few less-polite things, Giannulli apologized (sort of):
“I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically. And it totally came across that I’m ungrateful for college — I’m going to a really nice school. And it just kind of made it seem like I don’t care, I just want to brush it off. I’m just gonna be successful at YouTube and not have to worry about school,” she said in the video. “I’m really disappointed in myself.”
She “made it seem like” she was brushing school off? Not that she got caught admitting that’s exactly what she intended?
Olivia Jade Giannulli is a rising social-media influencer and a student at USC. https://t.co/9EKZ9yhfDY
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 12, 2019
Naturally, there have been plenty of priceless reactions to all this mess on social media:
It’s okay. They were only competing with other kids whose parents bought their way in. #CollegeCheatingScandal https://t.co/sRHPHHSx5J
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 12, 2019
[email protected] & @FelicityHuffman indicted for lying and buying spots in college.
They worried their daughters are as stupid as their mothers. https://t.co/cSBugdydmo
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) March 12, 2019
USC Insists Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Was Admitted Solely Based On Socioeconomic Background https://t.co/y68K3xgosy pic.twitter.com/FtMhQ3zcGu
— The Onion (@TheOnion) March 12, 2019
You know what would fix this Lori Loughlin/Felicity Huffman admissions dustup? More government.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) March 12, 2019
And there’s plenty more where that came from. No wonder Loughlin has deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Assuming the allegations are true (and let’s face it: Hollywood being Hollywood, they probably are), at least there’s one thing to be said for this mess: by bringing prosecutors down on their heads, these families will be getting a much better education on how the real world works than they would have gotten in modern academia anyway.
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