“Some members of the class of 2021 exchanged memes that mocked rape, the Holocaust and abusing children.”
The Harvard Crimson reports that at least 10 students have had their offers of admission revoked after posting offensive memes on an incoming freshmen Facebook messaging group. The posts were often racist and violent in nature. Nicknamed “Harvard Memes for Horny Bourgeois Teens,” the group chat was created by members of the 2021 class as on offshoot of the official freshman page Harvard created. Among the posts in the group were memes that made fun of sexual assault, child abuse, and made light of anti-semitism and the Holocaust. According to screenshots obtained by The Crimson, several messages joked that they found “abusing children was sexually arousing.” One post in particular referred to the hypothetical hanging of a Mexican child as “piñata time.”
The group started innocently enough with about 100 students starting the group to share pop-culture memes and messages back in December. But, upon hearing of the offensive memes in mid-April, Harvard officials repealed the admission of several students, a move which Harvard has previously said is final.
An interview with an anonymous student, who claims to be one of the students whose admission was rescinded, revealed that Harvard asked students who were found guilty of sending these memes to send Harvard all of the memes they had ever shared in the chat and explain why they had done so. They were also asked to not attend the “accepted students day” at the end of April. Shortly after, at least 10 students were told their offer of admission had been rescinded.
According to The Crimson, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. The class of 2020 received a strongly-worded letter of disapproval when some members were found making racist jokes and mocking feminism. Perhaps taking back admission offers will curb this behavior from incoming freshmen in the future and make students think twice about their online presence.
As Latinos, making it through higher education is never easy. For some, there is the stress of being the first in our families to attend college or just being able to afford school in general. That’s why it’s special every time we hear about a fellow Latino’s success in the classroom.
This applies to Amado Candelario, a Harvard freshman, who is proof of overcoming barriers and following your college dreams. The world was first introduced to him last December when he shared a “reaction video” on his YouTube channel showing the exact moment he found out he was accepted into Harvard. The emotional video quickly went viral with over 33K views to this date. For Candelario, who was raised by his immigrant mother from Mexico and two sisters in West Lawn, Chicago, Harvard was always his dream.
“There were a lot of tears shed because it’s a big thing for somebody like me, for the community that I come from, to get accepted to a prestigious university like Harvard. For that, I’m grateful,” Candelario told 7NewsBoston after his video went viral.
First, let’s rewatch Amado Candelario finding out he got accepted to Harvard.
Some people sacrifice so much to make sure they get into their dream school. There is nothing more exciting than watching that hard work pay off for someone who deserves it. The world collectively celebrated for Candelario when he found out he was going to be in the new class at Harvard.
Getting into Harvard was one thing but fast forward almost a year later and Candelario is getting well-deserved recognition once again.
For this young man, getting to college was reason enough to celebrate. Candelario came from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago where going to college isn’t always the first choice for many. He sought higher education as a way to escape his circumstances and build a better future for himself and his family. Beyond just getting accepted to Harvard he also needed a way to pay for it. According to the school’s website, the total 2018-2019 cost of attending Harvard University without financial aid is $67,580 for tuition, room, board, and fees combined.
“I needed to figure out how to provide for myself and how I could give back to my mom and to my family that has done so much for me, and college seemed like the way to do that,” he told NBC News. “The only thing people ever talked about when you mentioned was how good it was and how it was the best post-secondary education you could get. I grew up in a lot of poverty and violence and I wanted something better for myself.”
His background and everything he overcame to be where he is has left a lasting impact.
Being one of the few low-income and first-generation students from Chicago in his graduating class has made Candelario a viral star once again. Few in his class to understand the magnitude of his achievement and now the world is taking notice.
“I’m the only kid at Harvard right now, class of 2023, that’s from Chicago and didn’t go to a selective enrollment school, a private school, a predominately affluent suburban school,” Candelario wrote in a tweet that has received more than 87,000 likes as of today. “I’m the only Chicago neighborhood school kid. It’s sad but I DID THAT and I’m proud of myself!!”
Candelario is defying statistics when it comes to Latinos getting into Harvard. He is one of only less than 16 percent of a total of 4.5 percent of accepted applicants that got into Harvard in 2019.
Getting to this point was never easy for him. Candelario attended Eric Solorio Academy High School, which was located on the Southwest Side of Chicago, a notoriously low-income area. It was there that he joined various programs that helped guide him through the college application process and was assisted with financial aid assistance.
The transition to college hasn’t been easy as well for Candelario. At times he feels like an outsider in a school where he’s one of very few that fully understand what it means to come to be a first-generation college student. These emotions have only fueled him to finish what is expected to be the first of many steps. While Candelario hasn’t declared an official concentration just yet, he told NBC News that he’s interested in pursuing political science and economics. He hopes with his education he can one day become a lawyer and help those that come from marginalized backgrounds.
“I feel like for kids who come from marginalized backgrounds, being realistic can limit them,” Candelario told NBC News. “I feel like you have to dream big and tell your intentions to the world. All of high school, even as a freshman, I told people I wanted to go to Harvard. I put it in my Instagram bio, even though I wasn’t accepted. There’s something powerful about manifesting and verbalizing what you want and telling yourself you are capable of that.”
Since news of the college bribery admissions scandal broke back in March, fans of drama have watched as former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin fell frame the graces of her fans and daughters. Tabloids have closely kept us abreast on just how much or little contact Loughlin and her daughters in particular have had with eachother enough to make it all seem a bit like a telenovela. That is, a telenovela that prompts all kinds of questions when any main character’s family has a falling out.
And yet, over the weekend, an Instagram post is providing that there’s nothing like a good ‘ol birthday post and a chance to post a cute #Throwback to prove that public disgrace can be fickle.
The embattled Full House actress, also known as Aunt Becky, turned 55 on Sunday and her daughters broke their social media silence to wish their mother a happy birthday.
Since news broke earlier this year that she and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannuli were among dozens of parents involved in a college admissions cheating scandal, they’ve been keeping a low profile. Loughlin and Giannuli have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering for allegedly paying up $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of California. Each charge could lead to up to 20 years in prison.
Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade took to Instagram to wish Loughlin a happy birthday, captioning the photo, “one day late. happy birthday. i love you so much ❤️”
Jade, who reportedly felt “resentful” toward her parents for their involvement in the college admission scandal, also suffered backlash because of the scandal. The YouTube beauty vlogger and social media influencer not only lost fans and followers, but she also lost many brand partnerships as well. Brands like Sephora and Lulus cut ties with her immediately following the scandal.
Loughlin’s other daughter, Bella Giannulli, also shared a sweet photo of the two and captioned her photo, “happy birthday mama. I love you ❤️”
Looks like Loughlin is getting a lot of birthday lovin’ despite what the headlines have said about her earlier this year.
In fact, even fellow Full House and Fuller Houseco-star Candace Cameron Bure, who’s been supportive of Loughlin during this scandalous time, commented on Bella’s post and wrote, “😘💕😘💕 Happy birthday to your mama!!!!!!!”
Fans and close friends alike have also taken to Twitter to wish Aunt Becky the happiest of birthdays.
“Happy Birthday to my forever friend with a heart of gold. Love you!,” writes Erin Krakow, who starred alongside Loughlin in the Lifetime series When Calls the Heart, in her caption. She shared the same photo on Twitter and the replies were a mix of negative and positive comments–no surprise there, tbh.
Fans on Twitter pointed out that supporting your friends through the good times and the bad times (or the times when you’re caught bribing your kids into college) isn’t “easy, but [it’s] truly important.”
They’re all sweet photos and posts, but they di beg the question of how much time must pass for the court of public opinion to forget its grievances against a problematic person. After all, for her part in the scandal, Loughlin wittingly affected the futures and college education attendance of thousands of college applicants, many of who had never and may never experience even a touch of the privilege her daughters did.
Others responded to the actress asking her to pass on their words of encouragement to Loughlin and sharing that they “miss her terribly.”
“I’m praying for you,” one Twitter fan wrote. Don’t worry guys, she’ll be fine.
A fan shared a sweet post about Loughlin’s impact on her life and how 55 has never looked so good (on that, we can agree on).
“lori you have been my role model for quite some time, most of my life. i grew up watching you and i first fell in love with you and your character aunt becky,” the fan wrote in a series of tweets.
More fans continued to rally behind her good friend Lifetime co-star, calling her a “faithful friend,” and wishing Loughlin the best at 55.
“Wishing Lori the very best in the next year! Missing you!,” @MargieTomaszew2 wrote in her tweet. Damn, fans REALLY miss her.
Another fan advised Loughlin to not let the comments by “haters bring you down.”
“When we are at our lowest we find out who our true friends are. Happy Birthday, Lori!,” she continued in her tweet. Yeah, don’t let comments by the “haters” aka people who actually had to work their way to get into college bring you down, Loughlin.
Again, more fans kept telling Loughlin just how much they missed her on her birthday.
“Happy Birthday Lori. It’s unfair, we miss you so much,” wrote on Twitter fan. Do you know what’s also unfair? Well, you already know what we’re going to say…
Despite the aftermath of the college admissions scandal, Aunt Becky still low-key celebrated her birthday and some fans won’t let her have even that.
I mean, the gif says it all really. The resemblance to Piper is also uncanny.
People reported that on Loughlin’s birthday, the Fuller House actress and her husband “were spotted in Los Angeles on their way to an early morning service at the Church of the Good Sheperd in Beverly Hills.” After the service, Loughlin reportedly hosted an intimate birthday celebration with her husband, daughters, and a few other friends.
Loughlin and her husband are scheduled to next appear in court on August 27.
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