On Tuesday, March 12, news broke of former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who have since plead not guilty, on the charge of bribing USC with $500,000 to get their daughters enrolled.
Their daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19, is a very well-known YouTuber and a social media influencer on Instagram. Since the scandal, comments have been turned off for her YouTube videos. In a now deleted video, she explains how school “isn’t for her” and that she just likes to party.
Youtuber Emma Monden dreamed of attending USC. She filmed a video titled “Dear Olivia Jade, from a USC Reject,” where she talked about how she worked hard to get into the university, yet was ultimately rejected. Monden says she stocked up on AP and Honors classes, got SAT tutors that could make sure she knew the best strategies for taking the test, and even paid for it herself to have someone check her essays to make them as strong as possible.
“Olivia already had her career set up for her and got it just for the experience of partying, that’s what made me upset,” says Monden.
I agree with this because seniors already have to wait for the anxiety to be accepted at a top school like this. Then to be struck with the news that a girl only attends to party and not learn, would be very upsetting.
Some people defended Loughlin and Giannulli by saying they really didn’t know the legalities of what was going on, they’re not lawyers or experts, and they were parents who wanted to make sure that their daughters get into a good school.
To a majority of people, including myself, this is no exception or an excuse. If convicted, Loughlin and Giannulli will face up to 20 years in prison and they said in court documents that they were waiving their right to appear in court for an arraignment and plead not guilty.
Wealthy parents shouldn’t feel entitled to do this at all when they have the power to, and their children shouldn’t have to be forced to have an education if they want to possibly start their own business with the help of their parents, or even just do their own thing. Also, these wealthy parents shouldn’t think they can buy their children an education, especially if they don’t want it.