Operation Varsity Blues, the federal investigation into wealthy people gaming the system by getting their children into prestigious colleges through bribes and falsified test scores, has sparked a lot of jokes and scuttlebutt given the famous names involved in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
Lori Loughlin and her daughter, Olivia Jade, are perhaps the largest names involved in a scandal that saw Olivia Jade get into USC as a student athlete — a rower, to be specific — despite not actually being on the team or having any experience on boats beyond her stay on a USC board of trustee member’s yacht when her mom was raided by the feds. There’s irony and schadenfreude all over the place here, if you are looking for it, but at least one joke was not taken well by the masses.
That would be from Dr. Dre’s Instagram account. Dre, of the Beats and film adaptations of his music career, decided to brag about his daughter, Truly, getting accepted into USC by taking a shot at the parents who decided they had to bribe their way in by committing federal crimes.
“My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own. No jail time!!!” Dr. Dre wrote in an Instagram post you can see below.
But as many pointed out, the “all on her own” could certainly be questioned. Because let’s go back to what FBI agents said back when Operation Varsity Blues news broke a fortnight ago.
“We’re not talking about donating a building so your son or daughter is more likely to get accepted. We’re talking about deception and fraud. Fake test scores, fake athletic credentials, fake photographs. Bribed college officials.”
That first part about “donating a building” to get your child preferential treatment by admissions offices? That’s a fairly common practice at universities large and small. And that’s exactly what appears to have happened at USC with Dr. Dre and his family. Six years before the weekend Instagram post, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine gave $70 million to USC to build a music “academy” on campus.
In other words, Dre won’t get jail time because he helped his daughter get into USC the old fashioned way: getting the family name on a building on campus.
The duo’s gift will establish the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, an environment for those rare undergraduate students whose interests span fields such as marketing, business entrepreneurship, computer science and engineering, audio and visual design, and the arts. The program will prepare them to become a new generation of inspired innovators.