Picture this, proud father Dr. Dre boasts about his daughter being accepted into the top-tier University of Southern California (USC) “all on her own”. No doubt, it’s a huge achievement and like any chuffed parent, he decides to post a picture of himself with his daughter holding a USC kit on Instagram. To add some spice, Dre adds the words “No jail time!!!” to his caption.
Dre is referring to the shit-show that is the College Admissions Bribery Scandal of 2019 in which a large number of wealthy parents were charged after allegedly buying their children’s way into elite colleges.
Dre’s post is cheeky and it’s a bit of a laugh until a number of people remind him that he and music mogul Jimmy Iovine donated USD $70 million to USC in 2013. Together, they founded the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation.
Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine donated $70 million to USC, where a school is named after them https://t.co/7LzQCXa4OL
— Matt Hamilton (@MattHjourno) March 24, 2019
In fact, the USC website for the academy quite frankly reads:
In 2013, entrepreneurs Jimmy Iovine and Andre (Dr. Dre) Young gave a $70 million endowment to the University of Southern California to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation—a new model of education to equip the next generation of bold leaders to think and innovate at the intersection of art and design; engineering and technology; and entrepreneurship and venture management.
Founding an academy at the university your daughter wishes to attend is not illegal but it sure does make her college application look favourable as hell.
Within hours of being finely roasted across the realms of social media, Dre deleted the post but not before the photo spread like wildfire.
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