Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and now this… for all the Hollywood bluster about the ‘criminal’ in the White House, a lot of elites sure are running into troubles of their own.
Maybe they should worry less about micromanaging everyone else’s lives and start keeping their own eyes on the ‘straight and narrow’. Sure, like THAT’s ever going to happen.
It’s time we stop talking about ‘white’ privilege and start talking about Hollywood’s entitled sense of privilege. As though society owes anyone special favors just for being a TV personality with a fat wallet.
The scheme had two major pieces. In the first part, parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or to correct their answers. Second, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their abilities, prosecutors said.
The Boston Globe explains:
Fifty people nationwide, including celebrities, powerful financiers, and university coaches, were charged on Tuesday in a massive alleged admissions bribery scam that illustrated how wealth and fraud enabled students with mediocre grades and unremarkable accomplishments to get into some of the country’s most elite institutions.
Federal prosecutors said wealthy parents tapped a California admissions counselor who helped their children cheat on the SAT and ACT exams and bribed college coaches to ensure that the students were flagged as athletic recruits, nearly guaranteeing them seats at institutions including Yale University and Georgetown University.
Families allegedly spent $100,000 to $6.5 million apiece to help their children cheat on tests, to produce Photoshopped applications showing their children playing water polo and pole vaulting, and to bribe college coaches, all to land a seat at these institutions.
In the clip above, we hear the following statement from U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, District of Massachusetts: “Today we have charged 33 parents nationwide with hiring Singer’s group to defraud testing companies and/or various universities. Parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege.”
Damning words. Among those charged, and alluded to by profession though not by name in that clip, are Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.
Ms Loughlin, the star of US sitcom Full House, and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among dozens charged on Tuesday in a college admissions and cheating scandal.
Court documents say the couple “agreed to pay bribes totalling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC [University of Southern California] crew team”.
Authorities say neither of the daughters, beauty vlogger Olivia Jade Giannulli and her sister Isabella Rose Giannulli, were actually part of any rowing team.
Her daughter, Olivia Jade is a ‘YouTuber’ selling makeup with shockingly vapid videos. Watch Olivia Jade’s college dorm room tour:
If you watch that video, it looks like Kellyanne Conway has a pretty solid working theory about why mom would go to such lengths to get her into school.
.@LoriLoughlin & @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
One of the OTHER stupid things she said on YouTube did NOT age well.
“I don’t know how much of [university] I’m gonna attend,” the teenager – who goes by the name Olivia Jade online – told her viewers in a video.
“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 [university], as you guys all know.”
When some of Ms Giannulli’s nearly two million YouTube subscribers called her “privileged”, “ignorant” and “spoiled”, she backtracked.
“I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically,” she said on her channel, adding: “I’m really disappointed in myself.”
Will there be consequences?
There are the associated criminal charges with the bribery scheme, affecting her mother, as we know. But she might not get away unscathed either.
Her sponsors are getting some serious blowback.
The influencer highlighted her status as a USC student in sponsored Instagram posts paid for by Amazon Prime Student and Direct Smile Club. Comment sections on these Instagram posts have been flooded with criticisms of Olivia Jade.
Olivia Jade has worked with Sephora for months, posting sponsored Instagrams as well as collaborating on an exclusive product. Now, critics are calling for Sephora to cut ties.
The page for Olivia Jade’s collaboration with Sephora has been flooded with negative reviews, with 36 one-star reviews posted in the last 24 hours.
Source: Business Insider
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