People are using hilarious TV gifs and memes in reaction to university bribery scandal

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Wednesday 13 March 2019 09:30
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William H Macy has become embroiled in a university admissions bribery scandal after his wife, fellow actor Felicity Huffman, was one of almost 50 people to be charged with offences, according to unsealed court records.

The alleged scheme, which involved helping students cheat on entrance exams and admitting non-athletic students on fake athletics scholarships, is now inevitably getting the meme treatment online.

World-famous elite schools like Yale, Stanford and Georgetown were among the universities parents had allegedly tried to cheat their children’s way in to.

Macy, who is known for his character-led acting and often plays dodgy, nefarious individuals, is at the centre of jokes about the otherwise serious scheme.

What followed is a bunch of hilarious Macy memes, especially from his famous show, Fargo.

Some of them were awkward.

According to documents, his wife Huffman had made a “charitable contribution” of $15,000 (£11,500) to be part of the scheme on behalf of her daughter.

Huffman was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. She had been secretly recorded discussing the scheme.

Actress Lori Loughlin, of Fullhouse, other Hollywood actors, and prominent business leaders were also charged, according to the New York Times.

Top college athletic coaches were accused of accepting “millions of dollars” to help admit students who were not sportspeople, as top athletes.

People made ironic memes using Huffman's show Desperate Housewives.

And some, they just fell back on well-tested pop culture references.

William Singer, 58, was charged with running the alleged scheme through his company Edge College & Career Network. He plead guilty in Boston to charges including racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

If found guilty, he could face up to 65 years in prison and a $1million fine.

In total, 33 parents, 13 athletic coaches and Singer’s associates were charged.

Millions of dollars were allegedly paid to Singer, who then organised to get children into universities, and lots of people online were shocked by the amount of money circulating the case.

And people are discussing the importance of affirmative action in the context of the scandal.

And it's also been pointed out that this 2016 tweet from Huffman did. Not. Age. Well.

At all.

There's also a case for a documentary...

Netflix, what's good?

Huffman was released on $250,000 (£19,0085) bail.

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