Hip hop legend Dr. Dre deleted an Instagram post bragging that his daughter got into the University of Southern California without “jail time” after he was called out for donating $70 million to the school.
The former NWA star posted a photo of his daughter holding a USC acceptance letter with the caption, “My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own. No jail time!!!”
Dre was referring to the college admissions scandal that saw actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin indicted on charges that they paid bribes to get their children into elite colleges.
Loughlin paid $500,000 in bribes to get her two daughters into USC, the Justice Department said.
Dre deletes post after his $70 million donation resurfaces:
By Sunday night, the Beats by Dre founder deleted the Instagram post after social media users noted that he and producer Jimmy Iovine donated $70 million to USC to build the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
The center is scheduled to open this year.
College admissions system is broken:
In announcing the indictments in the college admissions scheme, Boston US Attorney Andrew Lelling declared that Huffman and Loughlin’s alleged crimes went beyond “donating a building,” referring to the clearly legal way to buy your kids into elite schools.
“We’re not talking about donating a building so a school is more likely to take your son or daughter. We’re talking about deception and fraud,” Lelling said.
His comments highlighted the irony of the college admissions scandal: there are many legal ways to bribe your kids into fancy colleges.
“Every year, alumni contribute to their alma maters with the expectation of special treatment for their children,” education scholar Richard Kahlenberg told The Atlantic. “This more genteel form of bribery is considered perfectly legal. Not only that, the donors get a tax break to boot, undercutting the fundamental legal principle that a charitable donation should not enrich the donor.”
A perfect example of this is the $2.5 million Jared Kushner’s father pledged to Harvard before his son, described as a mediocre high school student, was accepted into the university.
“Today, legacy students account for an estimated 14 percent of Harvard’s undergraduate population, and applicants who enjoy such alumni connections are accepted at five times the rate of their nonlegacy peers (a nearly 34 percent acceptance rate, versus just under 6 percent for those lacking connections),” The Atlantic reported.