This seems like the world’s most intense example of “too soon.”
On Tuesday March 12th, 2019, a major story broke that implicated 50 people in a $25 million college entrance exam cheating scheme. Among the people on this list? Actresses Lori Loughlin (Aunt Becky from Full House) and Felicity Huffman.
The name of the investigation was “Operation Varsity Blues.” Yes, like the movie.
Operation Varsity Blues was a brilliant code name.
— deray (@deray) March 12, 2019
The real tragedy of “Operation Varsity Blues” is that Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are the exact actresses Lifetime would’ve cast to play these women.
— Ally Hord (@hordie) March 12, 2019
Let's all take a moment to congratulate law enforcement on the AMAZING NAME "Operation Varsity Blues."
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) March 12, 2019
What exactly happened during this scheme?
Well, according to NBC News:
“[Operation Varsity Blues] uncovered a network of wealthy parents who paid thousands of dollars to a California man who boosted their children’s chances of gaining entrance into elite colleges, such as Yale and Stanford, by paying people to take tests for their children, bribing test administrators to allow that to happen, and bribing college coaches to identify the applicants as athletes.”
FBI special agent says 300 FBI, IRS agents participated in arrests in alleged college cheating scam, named "Operation Varsity Blues"; 38 individuals have been taken into custody so far. https://t.co/eg24f7pl1z pic.twitter.com/iL4lZ6t5CC
— ABC News (@ABC) March 12, 2019
Thanks to the internet, in which literally nothing ever dies, an old Felicity Huffman tweet is REALLY comin’ back to haunt her.
What are your best “hacks” for the back-to-school season?
— Felicity Huffman (@FelicityHuffman) August 25, 2016
People have been MERCILESS.
i send guys holding a bulap sack full of gold coins with a big dollar sign on the side and have them clumsily drop it on Univeristy president's desks why
— Logan’s Running 2020 (@logans_running) March 12, 2019
being rich enough to pay for my kids test scores to be altered? Just a dream I suppose.
— Tony Bruno (@TonyBrunoShow) March 12, 2019
— roxane gay (@rgay) March 12, 2019
Idk, most people usually donate a wing or a library, Felicity.
— Frances Ha Ha (@shelbyboring) March 12, 2019
I like to wake my kids up early to get them prepared, have them read some books on the school list, I shop for clothes early, and I take a shitload of cash and pay off people so they can pass their tests.
But getting them up early helps.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 12, 2019
According to the FBI, some parents spent between $200,000 and $6.5 million to guarantee their kids admission to the school of their choice.
William Rick Singer, who received most of that money, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice.
Having wealthy parents usually does the trick ???? pic.twitter.com/eqOMiGIhLZ
— ❤️Jen di Ömer ❤️ (@Buttercup0303) March 12, 2019
Don't forget to bring millions of dollars for bribes. And a spiral notebook.
— Andrew Goldwasser (@adgoldwasser) March 12, 2019
Huffman and husband actor William H. Macy paid $15,000 to get one of their daughters unlimited time for her SAT test, prosecutors say.
Huffman also explored having somebody else take her second child’s test.
“I just didn’t know if it’d be odd for [the tutor] if we go, ‘Oh, she did this in — in March 9, but she did so much better in May,'” Huffman said in a recorded February 19th phone call. “I don’t know if that’d be like — if [the tutor] would be like, ‘Wow.'”
Answer: Paying bribes to get kids in college ????
— silhan (@whitelily22) March 12, 2019
$500k to my favorite cheating scam of course ????
— T King (@TKing52048606) March 12, 2019
— Tanya Reeve (@Tanya_R_Steele) March 12, 2019
— Lucy Sherriff (@sherrifflucy) March 12, 2019
There's always a tweet.
— LilyAnna Somes ???? (@LilyannaSomes) March 12, 2019
Dragged to the future.
— Jaded Heathen (@jadedinblue) March 12, 2019
Wealth and privilege seem to be in vogue.
— Aaron Kellerstrass (@TheBukShow) March 12, 2019
Donate a building instead? pic.twitter.com/hYeTIsR3nR
— K.Elizabeth AKA Cleopatra Jones Jr. (@theKelizabeth82) March 12, 2019
A good hack is to take the money from the wealthy that they use to stack the deck against us and instead use it to properly fund our school.
— Mole Man is Lit (@KingMoleMan) March 12, 2019
The investigation is not concluded, and as more names come into play, we will see if any other prolific actors/actresses will be charged.
In the meantime, enjoy Felicity Huffman dragging herself.