Actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are getting dragged hard by Twitter after news broke Tuesday that the two women were allegedly involved in bribing colleges to get their kids in to school. What?? Not Aunt Becky!
Aunt Becky using her rich white privilege to bribe her rich white kids’ way into USC might be the Beckyest thing to ever Becky.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) March 12, 2019
But yes. The two women are reportedly among 50 rich people being charged in what federal officials say is the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to court documents cited by ABC, Loughlin and her husband reportedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 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.”
As for Huffman, court papers allege that she and her husband made a “purported charitable contribution” of $15,000 in order to get her elder daughter into school. They supposedly made a similar agreement for their younger daughter but ended up backing out.
A lot of people on Twitter are having a ball joking about this (and many of the jokes have to do with the characters the women have played on TV).
If I'm Aunt Becky, I try to pin the whole thing on Kimmy Gibbler. Involve the Katsopolis Crime Syndicate. Get it done.
— Kyle Koster (@KyleKoster) March 12, 2019
Remember that episode of Full House when Uncle Jesse falsified info to get Nicky and Alex into a prestigious preschool? Aunt Becky should've know better after all of that.
— Creepy Kimmy 🧟♀️ (@KreepyKimmy) March 12, 2019
Lori Loughlin aka Aunt Becky after a long day of college exam fraud pic.twitter.com/00LyS2dDhS
— Stephanie McNeal (@stephemcneal) March 12, 2019
Candace Cameron Bure’s official statement will be a bible verse
— Carey O'Donnell (@ecareyo) March 12, 2019
Desperate housewives call for desperate measures.
— Superwolf Bloodmoon 🐺 (@sireacht) March 12, 2019
I got into Cornell the old fashioned way, by not getting into Yale.
— Alison Leiby (@AlisonLeiby) March 12, 2019
Nobody paid to get their kid into Northwestern which tracks because when I got there I found out it was actually just every rich kid’s safety school
— Brendan Scannell (@BrendanScannell) March 12, 2019
Firefly‘s Jewel Staite is ready to play Huffman inthe inevitable made-for-TV movie.
Dibs on playing Felicity Huffman in the Lifetime movie about this mess
— Jewel Staite (@JewelStaite) March 12, 2019
Comedian Billy Eichner tweeted, “TERI HATCHER GOT ME INTO BROWN” and “JUDITH LIGHT GOT ME WAIT LISTED AT TUFTS,” which led to a lot of his Twitter followers piping in with their own jokes.
JUDITH LIGHT GOT ME WAIT LISTED AT TUFTS
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 12, 2019
And a few people brought up the delicious irony that Felicity Huffman has a line of “mom” mugs.
In Felicity Huffman’s defense- she’s been giving us hints via her line of mugs all along!! pic.twitter.com/7v4QLWwjxs
— Alexis “Bring Back Bunheads” Wilson (@sassyblackdiva) March 12, 2019
In fact, you can get her “Good Enough Mom” on sale right now.
Felicity Huffman's "Good Enough Mom" mugs 66% off!! Act Now https://t.co/vWPqWLJ7AK
— Jason Hoffman (@JasonHoffman93) March 12, 2019
Give Felicity Huffman a break she's clearly winging it just look at her mugs! pic.twitter.com/WFrISjd88r
— (((Nick Dye))) (@NickDye1993) March 12, 2019
As comedian Guy Branum tweeted, Felicity Huffman’s presidency is definitely over.
Finally we have the grounds we need to impeach Felicity Huffman.
— Guy Branum (@guybranum) March 12, 2019
Bethenny Frankel tweeted about it (and referenced Jussie Smollett), writing, “Scamming to get sympathy that you were gay bashed. Scamming to brag to your friends about how smart your kid is. What’s next?”
So I am fascinated with this college entrance bribery scam. What is wrong with people? It’s like social media. Everyone has to front. Go to the school you can get into it or don’t go to school at all.
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) March 12, 2019
Scamming to get sympathy that you were gay bashed. Scamming to brag to your friends about how smart your kid is. What’s next? https://t.co/yzJsTINOVi
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) March 12, 2019
But wealthy people forking over money to get their kids into school certainly isn’t something new.
BREAKING NEWS: ENTRANCE INTO COLLEGE UNJUST, TILTED IN FAVOR OF WHITE KIDS WITH RICH PARENTS.
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) March 12, 2019
I have been holding my daughter’s hand thru frustration & tears these past 6 months as she has been working her tail off to get a decent ACT score. What are you teaching your kids? Why cheat them of the experience of hard work & accomplishment? @LoriLoughlin #parenting
— Theresa Marie Heim (@TheresaHeim) March 12, 2019
No such thing as White Privilege?
then how about,
Rich White Privilege🤷🏻♂️
Teach your kids the benefits of hardwork, instead of raising them 2 believe cheating is the answer.
Your payoffs only rob a more qualified kid out of a spot in that school OR scholarship for those in need! https://t.co/p4FvxinrHV
— kirk acevedo (@kirkacevedo) March 12, 2019
And many other people pointed out that this is just part of a bigger rigged system.
Meritocracy is a myth. This is scandalous because it is illegal, but legacy admissions also secure unearned advantage for wealthy collegiate students. We can’t just get moralistic when folks get caught by the FBI. There are systemic issues at work here. https://t.co/Q44DpUZRuE
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 12, 2019
Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said at a news conference on Tuesday, “This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud. There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and, I’ll add, there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.”