“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 But, upon hearing of the offensive memes in mid-April, Harvard officials repealed the admission of several students, a move which Harvard has previously said is final.
An interview with an anonymous student, who claims to be one of the students whose admission was rescinded, revealed that Harvard asked students who were found guilty of sending these memes to send Harvard all of the memes they had ever shared in the chat and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 Shortly after, at least 10 students were told their offer of admission had been rescinded.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.
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.
This past spring the world of academia proved just how little it cares for minority and disadvantaged students when it was revealed that various colleges and universities across the country were involved in a millions of dollars bribing scheme. In short, the scheme gave affluent students “back door” access to elite schools and proved just how important programs like affirmative action are for minority students. Of course, few were surprised when news broke that these students had paid their way into some of the country’s top schools. In fact, for many, it proved once again, that in a lot of ways money really buy you everything even a Harvard degree. Now, a new report from Buzzfeed News is reminding us once again, how little academic centers advocate for its students of color.
In a new report by the news outlet, four first-year Harvard Law School students complained they have been targeted by racist and sexist emails and text messages from another student. They’re accusing Harvard Law School of not doing enough to deal with the verbal threats and harassment.
The students are accusing Harvard Law School of upholding racist and sexist views by not doing anything to support them.
According to BuzzfeedNews, the students emailed the dean of the law school, describing the messages as containing “racist taunts about affirmative action and intelligence” and “body-shaming.”
The email’s and text messages contained “other personal insults.” The emails and text messages were sent from an anonymous source to black and woman students during their first-year between December 2018 and March 2019.
BuzzFeed News reports that of the 80 students in the section, nine are black and 21 are “other minorities.” The first student that began receiving threatening text messages was one of the black students, Mo Light. The message Light received came from “email@example.com” and the sender stated that the student didn’t “belong here.”
“You’re just here because of affirmative action, why even try?,” the sender wrote. “Everyone at [Harvard Law School] thinks you’re a joke, but I guess your section is lucky to have a curve boost.”
(Photo credit: Mo Light, via BuzzFeed News)
Immediately, Light took action and told a faculty member about the email he had received. He also tells BuzzFeed that he filed a police report with the Harvard University Police Department.
“My initial reaction, ‘Wow, this is upsetting,’ but it’s not surprising, given that this is just living while black,'” Light told BuzzFeed News. Despite reaching out to faculty and the university police department, the messages would continue and now to other students of their class.
Another student, Chelsea Rooney, told the publication that the messages deeply disturbed her and she decided to report them to the administration. “In the era of school shootings, in this era of white supremacy, really and the violence and anger that goes along with that, I think it was our duty as students to bring this forward.”
(Photo credit: Chris Volcy via BuzzFeed News)
“It would have been really irresponsible for us to receive these messages, know that someone is exhibiting really bizarre behavior, and not say anything,” the student said.
The black students who were targeted said they felt the attacks were racist while the other two women students believed they were targeted due to other personal issues with the supposed sender. They also told BuzzFeed News that they had an idea of who the suspected sender was.
Ultimately, the students believe the reports were ignored and their concerns weren’t addressed.
Now, they’re accusing Harvard Law of not doing enough to support them.
In a statement from Harvard Law School to BuzzFeed News, a spokesperson for the school said that none of the messages the students received “threaten[ed] any type of violence.” The spokesperson also said they couldn’t “publicly disclose” the details of the investigation in order to “protect the respective rights of all parties.”
However, we can’t help but wonder, where was this “respect” when the worried students reached out to school administration addressing their concerns?
The other students who received abusive, sexist and racist text messages were told to “no one likes you gtfo.” Chelsea Rooney was also called a “horse face from Texas” by the anonymous sender. Another woman student, who asked to remain anonymous, was called a “fat overweight pig.”
One would think that given the political climate in the country, Harvard Law School would act appropriately and try harder to find the culprit. Given the institutions elite status, one would also think that after the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal, universities and colleges across the country would think twice before letting something like this escalate.
Twitter users also rallied behind the students who are accusing another student of targetting them with racist and sexist emails and text messages.
One woman said Harvard Law school must “identify and excise” the person that’s responsible for harassing the students.
Another Twitter user called Harvard Law School a “scam” and “shameful.”
“They do not support or protect their students of color or their women students,” the Twitter user said.
A Harvard Law School student also chimed in and said that when “elite institutions permit racist and sexist abuse their students” and don’t do anything about it, it speaks volumes.
“It endorses the racists’ message: You don’t belong here,” he writes.
The law student also urged other Twitter users to sign the students’ petition to Harvard Law School, demanding a serious response to this racism and sexism.
“The school’s response was disheartening, but your action and emails helped us get our first response from the school. We cannot thank you enough,” Chris Volcy, Chelsea Rooney, and Mo Light write in the petition. “But trust us when we say that there is evidence to make a determination on the identity of the sender, and we want to see why the school decided to let us attend classes with an individual capable of sending the attached messages from anonymous emails and unknown phone numbers. If you think that the school should at least release the investigation report to the members of Section 7 so that we can understand their decision, please sign this petition.”
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