Hip-hop legend Dr. Dre took a swipe at the parents and progeny embroiled in the recent college admission scandal when he boasted that his daughter got accepted into the University of Southern California “all on her own.”
“My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday, March 23. “No jail time!!!”
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Dre, 54, whose real name is Andre Young, posed for a photograph with his daughter, Truly Young, holding up her Certificate of Admissions letter from USC.
The music mogul’s jab is directed at celebrities and other members of the elite who, according to earlier Epoch Times reports, stand behind the biggest U.S. college admissions cheating scam.
Some 50 people, including 33 parents, have been charged with taking part in the scheme masterminded by William Singer, in which coaches took bribes to admit students they falsely identified as top prospects in crew, tennis, and water polo, even if they had little to no experience in those sports and no intent to compete once they reached college.
Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin was dropped by a TV network and her daughter lost a sponsorship deal recently, while students sued prestigious universities in the growing fallout from the massive scandal.
Loughlin’s daughters have already formally left USC and could be banned from campus forever.
Dre’s Instagram post has renewed vigor among critics of those who subvert merit-based admissions processes and won praise from commenters.
“Power Moves, I hope you shine Queen,” wrote Instagram commenter chaos.and.cupcakes.
Some platform users, however, questioned whether Dre’s massive donation to the very same schools years ago undermined the validity of his boast “all on her own.”
“Weird flex considering you donated 70 million,” wrote Instagram user juliep77.
In 2013, Dre and fellow music icon Jimmy Iovine jointly donated $70 million to USC for the creation of the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation.
“The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias at the time, according to USC News.
“USC provides an extraordinarily rich academic, research and artistic environment. We are committed to encouraging our students to use their intellectual and creative resources to effect change in all segments of society. Our goal is to ensure that the academy is the most collaborative educational program in the world.”
“Flexibility is a hallmark of USC, and the academy’s curriculum is incredibly adaptive,” said USC Roski Dean Erica Muhl, who served as the academy’s inaugural director. “The curriculum was created to take full advantage of a newly designed, revolutionary educational space that will offer students very powerful tools. Academy students will have the freedom to move easily from classroom to lab, from studio to workshop, individually or in groups, and blow past any academic or structural barriers to spontaneous creativity.”
The First Graduation
Dre and Iovine’s USC Academy celebrated its first graduating class last year.
“We did this for one reason … that if the reality of this new style of education got even close to the vision, it could change the world,” Muhl told a crowd of graduating students and their families in May 2018, USC News reported.
Dre and record producer Iovine previously collaborated on Dre’s hit product Beats headphones.
Reuters contributed to this report.