It’s only natural to be proud of your kid. Despite all your best efforts, you haven’t managed to mess them up too badly, and they’ve grown into independent, intensely human proto-adults. Dr. Dre, for example, is a man who is proud of his kid. One of his daughters with wife Nicole Young, Truly Young, just got accepted into the University of Southern California, and he loves it. He’s proud! He wants to shout about it. And, considering that U.S.C. was at the center of the college-admissions debate thanks to Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s children, he saw a real opportunity to brag a little while staying topical. Dre posted a photo of himself with Young and her acceptance certificate to Instagram and captioned it, “My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own. No jail time!!!”
Now, that’s funny! Loughlin and Giannulli, among dozens more parents of college-aged children, are facing potential incarceration for their alleged part in paying their children’s way into various top-tier colleges. The Justice Department claims that parents paid to cheat on exams or fabricate elite athletic careers, despite their kids not really doing the whole sports thing. (When reached last week, Loughlin’s representatives declined to comment.) Dre, on the other hand, seemed to boost his children’s chances of acceptance in a classic (and legal) way, which could be why he has since deleted the post. Less than a decade ago, he donated $70 million along with his business partner Jimmy Iovine to fund the U.S.C. Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. Ah, yes, the old “fund an academic program” trick. It seems to work every time.
There’s no evidence that Truly Young wouldn’t have gotten in with her dad’s donations, but the mocking nature of his post is a bad look regardless. The Operation Varsity Blues debate has drawn attention to the ways the rich and powerful manipulate the college admissions system to their own ends even when it’s done legally.
Dre has since declined to comment further but his daughter is expected to give a statement in the next weeks. We will keep you updated as the story progresses.