- Olivia Munn reacted to the college-admissions controversy, in which the actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among several wealthy individuals who were accused of paying bribes to secure spots for their kids at elite colleges.
- Munn tweeted on Thursday: “What these parents did wasn’t for love, it was for fancy diplomas. Love would’ve made you spend that money on tutors to make your kids smarter, giving them an actual education.”
- The parents at the center of the scandal are accused of paying William Singer, the owner of the Edge College and Career Network, to help their kids get into elite schools by helping them cheat on entrance exams or getting them recruited as athletes.
Olivia Munn is reacting to the college-admissions scandal, in which celebrities and other wealthy parents were accused of paying bribes to secure spots for their children at top colleges.
“What these parents did wasn’t for love, it was for fancy diplomas,” the actress tweeted on Thursday. “Love would’ve made you spend that money on tutors to make your kids smarter, giving them an actual education.”
What these parents did wasn't for love, it was for fancy diplomas. Love would've made you spend that money on tutors to make your kids smarter, giving them an actual education.
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) March 14, 2019
Previously, Munn commented on the situation by saying: “The irony will be that these parents spent all this money to hustle into top universities and are now in the middle of this s— show just to find out in a few years that their kids only have dreams of being an influencer.”
The “Predator” star’s tweet was referencing Loughlin’s daughter, a 19-year-old influencer with millions of followers named Olivia Jade Giannulli. Her parents, Loughlin and the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes in order for Olivia Jade and her older sister, Isabella Rose Giannulli, to get into the University of Southern California.
Specifically, a criminal complaint accused the “Full House” star and her husband of agreeing to pay bribes “in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team – despite the fact that they did not participate in crew – thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
On Tuesday, court documents uncovered by the FBI revealed that Loughlin and the actress Felicity Huffman were among 50 people charged with participating in the alleged college-admissions scandal. Several parents were accused of paying William Rick Singer, the owner of the Edge College and Career Network, a total of $25 million from 2011 to 2019 to boost their children’s chances of getting into elite universities.
According to NBC’s Boston affiliate, the schools named in the court documents include Stanford, Georgetown, Yale, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Authorities said that some parents paid to have their children’s SAT and ACT exams taken for them or have their answers corrected. Investigators also said that the kids’ heads were edited onto stock photos of athletes to improve their chances of getting into elite schools.
Munn isn’t the only star to react to the college-admissions scandal. The comedian Sarah Silverman said that she attended New York University for one year with “a very small scholarship ($1500 per semester) and my dad paid the rest.”
“I was shocked at all the rich kids whose parents ‘made them’ go to college. Seriously- let someone who wants to learn go in your s—ty kid’s place,” she tweeted.
The “Breaking Bad” star Dean Norris also said he was “disgusted” by the news.
“I got into Harvard against long odds via hard work and perseverance. Neither of my parents went to college, we didn’t have money 2 even pay for SAT prep course let alone bribes. Shameful. It’s hard enuf for working class kids 2 succeed w/o rich privilege taking opportunity away,” he tweeted.
Norris added: “When I think of all the kids who studied hard, stayed up late, had part time jobs to pay for their college application fees, and then were denied rightly deserved places in elite colleges because some rich f—wads cheated for their already privileged kids- I’m disgusted.”
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- The college-admissions scandal came to the FBI by accident, when a unrelated fraud suspect revealed it in a bid for leniency, report says
- 5 examples show the extreme lengths prosecutors say wealthy parents went to get their kids into elite colleges
- The man who helped wealthy students cheat on college entrance exams was a Harvard grad who was able to ace the tests because ‘he was just a really smart guy’, prosecutors say
- A ‘Full House’ plot line foreshadowed Lori Loughlin’s involvement in an alleged school-admissions scam