Eva Longoria Said Felicity Huffman Is Handling The College Admissions Scandal With ‘Grace’ And Where Is Our Credit?
It’s been a far fall from positive public opinion for the actresses involved in the recent college admissions scandal.
Both actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman had solidified themselves, at the very least, as two of TVs most lovable moms on screen. From Loughlin’s role as Aunt Becky on the 90s classic “Full House” to Huffman’s as the whip-smart and empathetic Lynette Scavo of “Desperate Housewives” few from the past could imagine that the two stars would now be facing charges of potential prison-time for fraud. That is, after attempting to cheat the college admissions system.
It’s a sad story worthy of a Lifetime retelling but the truly most upsetting part of the story is how these women’s choices will affect many students of color for the rest of their lives. Even worse? Like male comedians gearing up for their #MeToo comeback, these disgraced actresses will likely be back in the graces of willfully ignorant, and privileged, fans in no time.
Need proof? Just take a look at Eva Longoria.
On Wednesday, Eva Longoria complimented Huffman on her involvement in the college cheating scandal.
The Mexican-American actress from Texas shot to stardom as Huffman’s co-actor on “Desperate Housewives” where she was rumored to have made a whopping $325,000 per episode. (That amount alone could pay for several college tuitions at institutions across the country.) Like the rest of the country, Longoria likely learned of Huffman’s role in the scandal, when news of her involvement was splashed across the headlines of media outlets everywhere. And yet, Longoria recently seemed to make an appeal for Huffman.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Longoria praised Huffman for handling the scandal with “grace” saying, “I think she has a heart that is bigger than the sun and that’s the Felicity I know and that’s the woman I choose to support and love… She was humbled by what happened and I think she did handle it with as much grace as she could in that situation.”
Huffman’s reputation has undoubtedly been tainted and hurt by her willing participation in the college admissions cheating scandal but what about the students who were hurt by her bribes and fake test scores?
This past May, Huffman pled guilty to paying $15,000 to a fake charity that facilitated altering her daughter’s SAT test for college admission. She is scheduled to receive a sentence on September 13 that we can only guess will be the equivalent of a light tap on the hand. Huffman will likely move forward with her life as an actress and will have to deal with the peskiness of having the scandal brought up in reviews by The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, Huffman’s involvement in a scheme that included at the LEAST 50 students (the majority of whom were white) has proven that students of color need affirmative action so much more than we might have thought. Huffman’s involvement is another reminder that students of color and other groups that are marginalized, including students who are disabled, often see doors of opportunities shut in their faces thanks to wealthier peers.
But yeah Eva, super happy Huffman is handling this with grace. Here’s hoping someone’s parent doesn’t buy their kid of color a spot as an actress in the increasingly diverse world of entertainment before you get out of the slinger.