If you haven’t heard already, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has unveiled a multi-million dollar college admissions scandal — code name: Operation Varsity Blues.
The FBI reportedly discovered wealthy parents and high-profile celebrities like Felicity Huffman (from Desperate Housewives) and Lori Loughlin (from Full House) were paying millions to a man named William Rick Singer and his company called The Key. With Singer and his company’s assistance, they were able to fake athletic profiles, bribe coaches/administrators, and cheat on entrance exams for prestigious colleges.
Need to be Humble
What is even more disturbing about this scandal is the repulsive sense of entitlement. In particular, Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli (goes by the name Olivia Jade on social media) posted a video last year on YouTube stating the following about going to college,
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend…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 school, as you guys all know.”
As a result of the video, Giannulli has been bombarded by negative comments on social media. She has since disabled her YouTube comments. TRESemme and Sephora have publicly ended their relationship with her.
Her mother allegedly was fired by Hallmark’s parent company, Crown Media. No word if her father, designer Mossimo Giannulli, who is known for his clothing line, has been dropped by Target.
It is not clear whether the children of these wealthy parents were aware of what was going on and if charges are pending.
There have been calls to have the children removed from the colleges. University of Southern California (USC) have stated they will be conducting a “case-by-case review for current students and graduates that may be connected to the scheme.”
Look — for years people had an inkling that the wealthy were buying their children’s way into college. Now we have concrete proof – and it is appalling! While at the same time, it is refreshing to see the United States Department of Justice going after these cheats vigorously!
You see what Ms. Giannulli and those like her need to understand is humility. Most people won’t hit the life lottery and ride their parents’ coattails to success. For many, attending college will make a significant difference in their life. To see someone cheat their way into prestigious colleges and take a spot from someone more deserving is beyond unjust, it is criminal. And flaunting your wealth in the process is utterly classless.
I challenge those who are the “haves” in the world to be humble of your monetary blessing. Take off your rose-colored glasses. Volunteer at a food bank or homeless shelter to see how the other side lives. I am certain it will change your perspective about life.
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