In bizarre news stories this week, waking up to Operation Varsity Blues was truly a weird one. 50 people were charged on Tuesday for a college admissions conspiracy. Two of those people happen to be actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. The scheme spanned a number of things including cheating on admission tests, bribery, and pretending like their kids were being recruited for sports’ teams. Olivia Munn’s tweet above summed up all of my feelings.
What is the point of having that degree from a prestigious Ivy League school if you have no intention of doing anything with it? It seemed like Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia knew she wanted to be a Vlogger long before she became a freshman at USC. Why not just let her pursue that happily without college. She’d certainly have more time to focus on that. The added bonus is that this career requires no degree.
None of this is my biggest gripe though. I’m most upset that wealthy parents are taking advantage of this and instead of instilling better values for their children are showing them an example of cheating. Essentially, they are taking a spot at a university that could go to someone who is more deserving and who would value this experience. I never thought I would be so immersed in a scandal like this. Not even lying to you, I thought this headline was a joke when I saw it. I’m curious to see how this all pans out. It’s also a very interesting contrast to what’s happening with the Jussie Smollett case.
Readers, would love to hear you weigh in on this!