As the Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal continues to unfold, celebs are weighing in on whether they would use their social status and bank accounts to bribe their child’s way into an elite college. While some have been refreshingly real about the situation (we see you, Kelly Ripa, and we thank you), others have forgotten that bribes come in several packages. The latest celeb to ignore their privilege is Kim Kardashian, who says she would never buy her children’s way into anything. That’s a great message, but it’s not really true.
Kardashian appeared on the Van Jones Show on Saturday and discussed the college admissions scandal, which involved 50 wealthy parents, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, using bribes to gain their children admission to elite schools. While Huffman has pleaded guilty in hopes of shortening her prison sentence, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, who spent $500,000 getting their daughters into the University of Southern California, are maintaining their innocence and facing 40 years in jail.
But don’t expect Kim and Kanye West to be shelling out tainted bills. As Kardashian told Jones, forcing her children to go to a school they couldn’t get into on their own merit would be a disservice. “If they couldn’t get into a school — I would never want to use privilege to try to force them into a situation that they wouldn’t thrive in anyway,” said Kardashian. “To buy your way into something just wouldn’t benefit anybody.”
The beauty mogul has recently begun studying to follow in her late father Robert Kardashian’s footsteps and become a lawyer, with plans to take the California bar in three years. “I have my backpack, they have their backpacks, they’re studying, I’m studying and them seeing that I have this filming career and I’m having makeup samples tested all over my arm while I’m trying to read my flashcards and all of this stuff,” said Kardashian. “I hope that they get inspired to know that they can put in the hard work.”
While we admire Kim’s work ethic and applaud her commitment to her studies, we take issue with her saying she wouldn’t use her privilege to her children’s advantage. She may not directly pay off a college admission committee, but by simply being part of one of the most famous families in America, Kardashian’s children will benefit greatly from their privilege.
Kardashian and West can afford the best elementary and high schools for their kids, the best tutors, the best sports coaches, and the latest in technology to help them learn. Their children have already traveled extensively, opening them up to different cultures and experiences that will positively inform their worldview. Kardashian’s three kids will never have to struggle in school because they’re worried about being removed from their family or have trouble concentrating because they’re hungry. They won’t have to lose sleep because they need to work two part-time jobs to support their family. They also won’t be forced to study areas they aren’t interested in as a way to ensure they have a job after graduation.
So, while it’s nice for Kim to say she wouldn’t force her kids into a situation where they would be uncomfortable, to add that she wouldn’t buy their way into a program isn’t totally true. Kim shouldn’t have to apologize for her success or for being in a privileged position where she can offer her children the best of everything, but she should be aware of it.