In a plot twist nobody saw coming, actresses Lori Loughlin (Aunt Becky on Full House) and Felicity Huffman (best known as Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives) were among the 50 people charged in a national scheme where wealthy parents paid coaches and other university insiders to get their kids into elite colleges, federal prosecutors say, according to Associated Press.
There were two parts to the conspiracy, reports CNN:
"In the first part, parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or to correct their answers. Second, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their actual abilities, prosecutors said."
Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 to a fake charity to "facilitate cheating" for her daughter on the SATs, CNN adds. Meanwhile, Loughlin allegedly paid $500,000 worth of bribes to get her daughters recruited onto the USC crew team, even though they didn't participate in crew and the older daughter's grades were said to be below or at the "low end" of USC's admissions standards.
Others charged in the criminal investigation included SAT and ACT test administrators, an exam proctor, college coaches, a college administrator, and 33 parents, according to CNN.
The coaches were from various prestigious institutions including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and UCLA, Associated Press reports.
After the initial shock settled, the Internet reacted to the news in the way it knows best-with humor. Perhaps the easiest joke to make was to namedrop Loughlin's famous Full House character, Aunt Becky:
For $500,000 my child better be getting into Hogwarts, forget USC. Damn Aunt Becky pic.twitter.com/Dqh0I2Y9mg
- Simone Scott (@Simone_Scott) March 12, 2019
When you gotta break aunt Becky out of jail. pic.twitter.com/ouwPjstDnV
- Travon Free (@Travon) March 12, 2019
Aunt Becky paid $500,000 to bribe her daughters' way into USC? A HALF A MILLION DOLLARS just to get them into USC? How bad were their grades and test scores? pic.twitter.com/dBpSpdrnnm
- Ooooh Billy Billy Billy Billy (@Old_Billy_Baroo) March 12, 2019
They got Aunt Becky out here getting cuffed by the feds. We living in the worst of times. pic.twitter.com/HPAxk0fFsX
- Rudio87 (@Rudio87) March 12, 2019
Lori Loughlin aka Aunt Becky after a long day of college exam fraud pic.twitter.com/00LyS2dDhS
- Stephanie McNeal (@stephemcneal) March 12, 2019
Ah, Aunt Becky, how the tables have turned. pic.twitter.com/kohi5bpp5w
- Michael Anthony Adams (@MichaelAdams317) March 12, 2019
Aunt Becky apparently learned nothing from the DJ's SAT nightmare episode pic.twitter.com/fUxnv4ekUu
- ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕪𝕒 (@ChayaBaliga) March 12, 2019
did i expect aunt becky to become a meme about inequality in college admissions today? no .......... but the lord works in mysterious ways
- hunter harris (@hunteryharris) March 12, 2019
Judge: How do you wish to plea?
Aunt Becky: Have mercy!
Judge: (bangs gavel) Order in the court!
Aunt Becky: How rude.
Judge: Please stop speaking in only Full House quotes or I’ll find you in contempt.
Aunt Becky: You got it dude!
- The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) March 12, 2019
If you squint, you can see Alcatraz. pic.twitter.com/InxC8mKmCo
- Archbishop Deshaies (@HouCounterplot) March 12, 2019
There were some Lynette Scavo jokes aimed at Huffman, too:
Lynette Scavo kicking down doors, paying colleges, etc. pic.twitter.com/OsVjDQxVJN
- Veronica (@Verrroniiica) March 12, 2019
Ur telling me lynette scavo can help hide a dead body but she can’t get away with cheating on an SAT?? Smh
- Jules || 3 (@tomlinsfonda) March 12, 2019
damn Lynette Scavo just pulled the most Bree van de Kamp move ever
- Josh Creek (@ChrgeFrwrd) March 12, 2019
The jokes were endless:
Lori Loughlin’s daughter immediately started returning on the investment tho pic.twitter.com/Ypc7CT7MNd
- Gabrielle Bluestone (@g_bluestone) March 12, 2019
felicity huffman entering prison and seeing lori loughlin pic.twitter.com/I9WEpfO7qr
- mark (@markamlz) March 12, 2019
Lori Loughlin in a high-speed chase is exactly where I need this story to go.
- Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) March 12, 2019
TERI HATCHER GOT ME INTO BROWN
- billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 12, 2019
If you see me on the street today, staring off into the distance, I am 100% thinking about Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin
- Carey O'Donnell (@ecareyo) March 12, 2019
ADMISSIONS OFFICE: ur child was not accepted to our college
FELICITY HUFFMAN: then i will have to do a crime
ADMISSIONS OFFICE: u can just donate some money & we'll let em in
FELICITY HUFFMAN: a crime i shall do
ADMISSIONS OFFICE: just make a donation
FELICITY HUFFMAN: crime time
- Bob Vulfov (@bobvulfov) March 12, 2019
- Alexis “Bring Back Bunheads” Wilson (@sassyblackdiva) March 12, 2019
FELICITY HUFFMAN WAS ARRESTED AND NO ONE CALLED ME.
- Saeed Jones (@theferocity) March 12, 2019
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