The college admissions scam involving Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman shows how some rich families use a “side door” to game an already unfair education system.
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Fans of the movie “Varsity Blues” are likely giving James Van Der Beek’s tweet a 10.
The actor, who starred in the 1999 movie about a high school football team in Texas, crafted the perfect tweet in response to the revelation that the college admissions bribery case was dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” by law enforcement.
“If only there was a succinct turn of phrase these kids could have used to inform their parents they were not desirous of their life path…” Van Der Beek, 42, cracked Tuesday. The “Dawson’s Creek” alum appears to be slyly referencing the memorable moment in the film when he tells his father he wants to be the one who determines his own fate.
“Playing football at West Canaan may have been the opportunity of your lifetime,” Van Der Beek’s Mox says, “but I don’t want your life.”
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Tuesday, federal prosecutors charged 33 affluent parents, including CEOs and actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, nine college athletics coaches and others in the sweeping bribery case to enter elite universities and colleges. The elaborate conspiracy involved cheating on the SAT and ACT and parents paying coaches “enormous sums” to get their children into schools by fabricating their athletic credentials. A judge has released Huffman on $250,000 bail. Loughlin appeared in court Wednesday and was released on a $1 million bail.
Other celebrities also reacted to the scandal.
“The Predator” actress Olivia Munn took aim at Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade, all without mentioning her name. Olivia Jade runs a popular YouTube channel with nearly 2 million subscribers.
“The irony will be that these parents spent all this money to hustle into top universities and are now in the middle of this (expletive) show just to find out in a few years that their kids only have dreams of being an influencer,” Munn tweeted Tuesday.
In another tweet, she sarcastically added, “I went to Harvard to be an Instagrammer.” Munn also included the millennial-esque hashtags, “#ad #abs #fittea #waisttrainer #fitnessgoals #matchamornings #keto #lchf #superfoodmuffins.”
Comedian and actor Billy Eichner let the world know that he’s “proud to say I got into Northwestern without the help of my mother, Laura Linney.”
For the record, Linney is not Eichner’s mother. She’s an actress who currently plays crafty Wendy Byrde on Netflix’s “Ozark.”
Samantha Bee, late-night host of “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” sent an alert to her Twitter followers: “BREAKING NEWS: ENTRANCE INTO COLLEGE UNJUST, TILTED IN FAVOR OF WHITE KIDS WITH RICH PARENTS.”
“The Real” host Loni Love used the face-palm emoji to explain her reaction to “#AuntBecky going to jail on Rico charges.” She included a meme that reads, “I can’t handle people anymore.”
“The King of Queens” actor Patton Oswalt joked that he “just paid 425k to get my daughter into a Color Me Mine,” a pottery studio.
ABC host Chris Harrison marveled at the operation’s name. “This college scandal is really called ‘Operation Varsity Blues,'” he wrote. “You gotta love the feds have a sense of humor and great taste in movies. Personally I would’ve gone ‘Blue Chips'”
Actor/writer Ike Barinholtz felt a certain world’s best boss from “The Office” might’ve been behind the name.
“’Operation Varsity Blues’ sounds like something Michael Scott cooked up,” he posted.
Kathy Griffin joked that it was a good day for Jussie Smollett, who Chicago police claim staged an attack in January, a charge he denies.
“Jussie Smollett is having his best day in MONTHS,” Griffin tweeted, “#VarsityBlues”
Lena Dunham proposed: “all the people involved in this college scam should have gathered their money and started a small elite college where Lori Loughlin teaches a class on smiling.” In a follow-up tweet, she said “My parents didn’t care enough about college to scam but they’d definitely buy me a boyfriend who is willing to sit with me at the ER”
Donald Trump Jr. resurfaced a 2016 tweet from Huffman asking her followers: “What are your best ‘hacks’ for the back-to-school season?”
“I’m learning some new ones as we speak,” Trump Jr. posted. “Stay tuned.”
Contributing: Joey Garrison, Maria Puente, Cydney Henderson
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