Jim Carrey takes aim at Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman in college admission scandal portrait
Earlier this month it was reported that over 50 people, including Full House actress Lori Loughlin and Deperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman had been charged with being part of a nationwide college entrance exam cheating scheme. Wealthy parents have been accused of bribing SAT/ACT administrators as well as school officials, all in order to get their children admitted to prestigious universities when their grades haven't got them in.
The FBI revealed that many students didn't even realise that their parents had arranged for this to occur, and around $25 million in bribes was paid to athletic coaches and administrators to "designate applicants as purported athletic recruits" between 2011 and 2018.
"There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and I will add there will not be a separate criminal justice system either," US Attorney Andrew Lelling said. "For every student admitted through fraud an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected."
This news led to far-reaching outcry, especially given the many who didn't make it into college or only just made it in despite all their hard work. The fact that these wealthy and privileged families found yet another way to give their children a head start also made them the target of some hilarious memes.
Following big news stories like this, it's not unusual to see Jim Carrey's take on the matter. Beyond his acting work, the 57-year-old spends some of his time creating art, and he uses these paintings to make his opinions very clear on all manner of subjects. On Monday, he posted a shot of a new painting to Twitter, that addressed Loughlin, Huffman, and the other parents' actions.
“It’s not only Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and their kids, but ALL cheaters who will eventually receive a failing grade,” he wrote alongside the artwork.
Court records released last week revealed that California-based William Rick Singer was the so-called 'ringleader' of the affair, with parents paying him to pass on the bribes. One of the schemes apparently involved students faces being Photoshopped onto stock photos of athletes to support any athletics-based admissions.
Alongside her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, Loughlin is accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters (YouTube star Olivia Jade and her sister Isabella) identified as recruits for the USC crew team - despite the fact neither had participated in the sport.
Huffman, on the other hand, allegedly paid $15,000, disguised as a charitable donation. This money went towards having her eldest daughter taking her SAT exam at a "controlled" testing center, where a third party would correct any incorrect answers afterward - without her knowledge.
The parents caught up in this cheating scandal aren't the only ones who the actor-turned-artist has taken aim at in recent weeks. Carrey shared another painting of Donald Trump, recently, depicting the President as an asteroid hurtling towards Earth, with a swastika on his forehead.