Fellow actress slams Lori Loughlin’s prison release as racially unfair: ‘Hmmmm…oh to be white, blond, and privileged!’
Some of us are old enough to remember the ’70s cop show “Baretta,” whose theme song was sung by Sammy Davis Jr. The song featured the line, “Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time.”
But if you do the crime and then do the time, then our society considers its debt repaid. That’s how it’s supposed to work.
In the case of the actress Lori Loughlin, convicted this year in the so-called college admission scandal, the fact that she recently completed her sentence was not good enough for some people.
Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison in August. She arranged a plea deal after she and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, admitted to doling out $500,000 to secure their daughters’ spots in the Universty of Southern California. Loughlin also received a $150,000 fine and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and spend two years on supervised release.
The actress and self-proclaimed activist Janet Hubert, who had starred on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” tweeted, “So when white actresses commit crimes they get new shows, pilots, etc. Lori Loughlin …I assume, will get an Emmy for her time in prison. Hmmmm…oh to be white, blond, and privileged! No thanks I would rather be bold, black, and dignified! #onlyinamerikka.”
So when white actresses commit crimes they get new shows, pilots, etc. Lori Loughlin …I assume, will get an Emmy for her time in prison. Hmmmm…oh to be white, blond, and privileged!
No thanks I would rather be bold, black, and dignified!#onlyinamerikkka pic.twitter.com/TW52HIWhVz
— Janet Hubert (@OGJanetHubert) December 28, 2020
But Hubert wasn’t done. She tweeted, “There is a black woman that is serving 5 years for just using a different address to put her child in a better school. Those who are coming angry for my tweet…I will meet you at the door.”
That referred to Tanya McDowell, a 33-year-old allegedly homeless woman from Bridgeport, Conn., who according to Fox News was convicted in 2011 of larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny after faking an address to get her then-6-year-old son into a better school in Norwalk, Conn. Prosecutors based the larceny charge on the nearly $16,000 is cost for the Norwalk school to educate her son.
Aside from the fact that Loughlin was prosecuted in federal court while the case Hubert referenced was rooted in Connecticut state law, Norwalk officials pointed out at the time that McDowell had ben previously arrested on drug charges and spent 18 months in prison for robbery and weapons offenses. Moreover, she never produced evidence to city authorities that she was homeless.
Not exactly apples to apples.
Still, critics of Loughlin and others snared in the feds’ probe of the college admissions scandal noted there was a class issue. They argued it was unfair to argue against affirmative action for minorities while white were paying big bucks scamming college officials to get their kids into elite schools.
Hubert noted this as well.
In a third tweet, she said, “There are many white parents who are pissed as well. College is expensive and hard to get in. We have to start really pushing back. College should be free anyway.”
As Milton Freidman once observed, there is no such thing as a free lunch. “Free” college wouldn’t be free either.