Is anyone really surprised?
A massive college admissions fraud involving multiple high-profile families and coaches has recently been uncovered by law enforcement.
The scandal is centered on a man named William "Rick" Singer, who sold two kinds of services to wealthy parents: bribing coaches and falsifying athletic records and cheating on the ACT and SAT to raise scores. Celebrities involved include William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, and likely more names that have yet to come to light.
Average Americans reacted to this news with a resounding chorus of, "Well, Obviously?"
BREAKING NEWS: ENTRANCE INTO COLLEGE UNJUST, TILTED IN FAVOR OF WHITE KIDS WITH RICH PARENTS.— Full Frontal (@Full Frontal)1552408613.0
this rich people college scam story starring aunt becky and the stressed one from desperate housewives is the absol… https://t.co/4IawRwIJQG— Jessica Blankenship (@Jessica Blankenship)1552406469.0
The story reeks of white, upper-class entitlement, but it's hardly surprising. Rich parents pay for their children to get into college in lots of ways, whether it's donating money in preparation for a child's application, paying for SAT prep courses, paying admission fees, shelling out for fancy prep schools, or literally paying some guy named Rick half a million dollars to fix an SAT score, what's the difference? There's a subtle irony in a college admission scam getting so much media coverage when the system within which the scam took place is so obviously weighted in favor of the kind of applicants (rich and white) the scam was benefitting. Some people were even surprised to learn this was illegal at all:
did any one else just assume that celebrities paid to get their kids into college and are shocked that it’s actually illegal— giabuchi (@giabuchi)1552406755.0
This story doesn't indicate a single broken cog, but an entirely broken machine. The American college system is run on favors, whether it's high profile recommendation letters or straight-up bribes, it's difficult to get into an esteemed university without the advantages that come with wealth. The truth is, it will simply always be easier for the rich to get into college. The lukewarm reaction by Americans to this scandal shows that people know how unfair the college admissions process is, but buy into it anyway because as it becomes increasingly hard to get even an entry–level job without a college degree, young Americans are forced to buy in. So, isn't paying for admission just the next step in this booming industry? Good work Aunt Becky, you were ahead of the trend.
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If you're mad because "Batwoman was never black," there's something you need to know...
TV's newest incarnation of Batwoman, Ryan Wilder, is Black.
The CW's Batwoman has always had a progressive streak. In the first season, Orange Is the New Black alum Ruby Rose plays Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne's cousin who dons the Batwoman cowl to protect Gotham City. Just like every other superhero show, Kate's romantic life factors into the plot. Unlike the rest, however, Kate is an out lesbian, making her the first leading lesbian superhero in television history.
But after the first season, Ruby Rose announced that she was leaving Batwoman for unspecified reasons, allegedly related to burnout from the ridiculously long work hours required from a superhero series lead. This meant that in order for Batwoman to continue, the CW would need a new star.
Enter Javicia Leslie, former co-star of CBS comedy-drama God Unfriended Me. Prior to Leslie's casting, fans of the show wondered how Batwoman might handle the transition of actresses. Would Kate Kane just look completely different in season 2 with no canonical explanation?
Nope. As it turns out, Javicia Leslie's Batwoman will be an entirely new character: Ryan Wilder.
The rocker celebrates his 45th birthday today
Jack White almost became a priest.
But then again, did he? The iconic rocker has regularly beguiled the press. "I'd got accepted to a seminary in Wisconsin," he told 60 Minutes Mike Wallace back in 2005 in what seemed like a moment of genuine candor. "At the last second, I thought, 'I'll just go to public school."
Whether you believe that story or not, the blues-rock polymath, who turns 45 today, has led an undeniably punk life and crafted some of the most sacred rock music in history. Two decades after The White Stripes' self-titled debut, Jack White has remained purposefully slippery with the public. He told publications that he and Meg White, his then-wife and White Stripes-cohort, were the youngest of ten siblings and claimed that his label, Third Man Records, used to be a candy company, among other outlandish claims.