Whatever happened to predictabilities?

Megan Grantham, Campus Editor

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“I’m their father. If I don’t lie for them, who will?”

Those were the words of Uncle Jesse, Lori Loughlin’s oncreen husband in her role as Aunt Becky on the hit sitcom “Full House.”

That quote is from the season 6 episode “Be True to Your Pre-School,” where Uncle Jesse makes outlandish claims in lying to get his children into a prestigious pre-school.

While Loughlin’s virtuous character disagreed with her fictional husband on that episode, in a skewed turn of real-life events, she appears to have acted just as he did—only on a much larger scale. Instead of lying to get her kids into a posh pre-school, she is charged with lying to get her kids into one of the best colleges in the country.

Most of the country is now familiar with what’s being called one of the largest college scandals in history. A group of wealthy parents are facing charges because they allegedly paid bribes to someone — not necessarily the colleges themselves — for their children to attend prestigious colleges.

People are especially surprised at the tattered image of Lori Loughlin, who had a squeaky-clean public image up until this point, complete with a Hallmark channel series that has since been cancelled.

But when you look at her Youtuber daughter’s public persona, the scenario doesn’t really seem that strange.

Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade posts beauty and lifestyle videos on YouTube. She boasts 1.9 million subscribers and has an Instagram following of 1.4 million.

I’m not exactly sure she was the best role model for her millions of followers, though. Upon being accepted into the prestigious University of Southern California, which has a 17 percent acceptance rate, she told her subscribers of her college experience, “I do want the experience of, like, gamedays and partying, but I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.” What a great role model for her many subscribers.

Although she later apologized for her comments, I don’t think she would have done so if she had not been faced with hate for the words.

If she’s telling the world that she’s only going to college to party and literally does not care about school, how could she get in? Can you simply get away with anything if you have money?

Not only that, but apparently Olivia Jade was admitted to USC based on the fact that she would be given an athletic scholarship to be on the crew team. She even posed next to rowing gear and was photoshopped into rowing team photos, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Furthermore, Olivia Jade apparently couldn’t even figure out how to fill out the application herself. According to the Los Angeles Times, Loughlin sent an email requesting guidance on how to help her daughter fill out her application form to William Singer, the mastermind of the college admission scandal.

It’s quite disheartening that someone who was either unwilling or did not know how to apply for  college can get in swiftly with financial support, and someone who did everything right— who worked hard in rowing year after year with the specific goal of getting an athletic scholarship— couldn’t get into USC because her place had apparently been stolen. Does money trump work ethic?

It’s not even like Olivia Jade was the only one in this circumstance. This was happening nationwide. Wealthy parents were getting their children fake athletic scholarships through bribes.

I am truly astounded that so many unethical decisions were being made by so many people, and nobody appears to have said anything until charges were laid in Massachusetts this week.

Will people still follow Olivia Jade after all of this? Her following largely still remains, and I’m interested to see what will happen next. Will her audience just forgive her upon her admitting wrongdoing? Should they? Sephora immediately dropped the beauty guru’s makeup palette.

Does everyone really have equal opportunity to pursue their dreams? After this, it really doesn’t seem like it. Someone who worked all her life to get an athletic scholarship was apparently passed over for someone with financial power who didn’t even really want to be a student, and that’s pretty sad.

Perhaps Loughlin should have taken her character’s advice in that episode where she encouraged her husband to tell the truth about their embellished application to get their kids into a prestigious preschool.

“I know you want the best for them, but you know what? Maybe the fast track isn’t it. Nicky and Alex,” her fictional children, “are normal, healthy kids and whatever track they’re on, they seem to be doing okay.”