“Everything you’ve heard is true. But you haven’t heard everything,” Netflix warns. Today, the streaming giant released an explosive teaser for Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal. It is slated to be a tell-all documentary using real conversations from FBI wiretaps.
According to Netflix, the forthcoming release “goes beyond the celebrity-driven headlines and dives into the methods used by Rick Singer, the man at the center of the shocking 2019 college admissions scandal, to persuade his wealthy clients to cheat an educational system already designed to benefit the privileged.”
Building on the hype, the film is the brainchild of Chris Smith who is the man behind the Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and who also served as an executive producer on Tiger King.
Everything you’ve heard is true. But you haven’t heard everything. Using real conversations recreated from FBI wiretaps the filmmaker behind Fyre brings you Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal pic.twitter.com/kwsqTCSkqq
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) February 22, 2021
In 2020, Full House Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were sentenced to two months and five months in prison, respectively, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in the college admissions bribery case. The couple are accused of falsifying SAT exam results and paying $500,000 in bribes for their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, to get into the University of Southern California, posing as athletes.
The conspirator and the man who facilitated the bribes, Singer, pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and obstruction of justice. He was bribed by the government to record conversations which ultimately led to a number of convictions.
Daughter Olivia Jade spoke out for the first in December 2020 during an episode of Red Table Talk with Jada-Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris. She admitted she didn’t realise the extent of what was happening at the time.
“To be honest, I wasn’t angry because I didn’t have a good understanding of what just happened. I didn’t see the wrong in it,” she told the three hosts. She continued, “A huge part about privilege is not knowing you have privilege. When it was happening, it didn’t feel wrong.”
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal will be released to Netflix on March 17, 2021. If you want to catch up on the ins-and-outs of the case, there is an excellent podcast titled: Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal by film maker Andrew Jenks. Check it out here.