Dr. Dre sparked controversy on social media when he bragged that his college age daughter got into the University of Southern California “on her own” merits – and not because he once donated a whopping $70 million to construct a new building on the USC campus.
The proud papa wrote “No jail time” in the caption of a photo that shows him posing with daughter Truly Young, 18, and her certificate of admission to USC.
“My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own. No jail time!!!” the 54-year-old music producer and tech entrepreneur bragged in a now-deleted IG post. He was referring to the arrests of 50 wealthy parents after federal indictments charged them with paying a California man $25 million to get their underachieving children into top colleges.
Truly also pat herself on the back during a celebratory social media post shared by PEOPLE.
“ALL MY HARD WORK PAID OFF. I’M GOING TO FILM SCHOOL,” she wrote.
Six years ago, Dr. Dre, real name Andre Young, and Jimmy Iovine, co-founder of Interscope Records, made headlines when they donated $70 million to build the Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation on the USC campus.
The cash came from their split of the sale of their wildly popular Beats Electronics to Apple for $3 billion in 2014.
Social media users pointed out the hypocrisy of Dre bragging about his daughter getting into a school that has a building on the campus named after him.
“do you actually believe because 6 years have passed it didn’t influence them accepting his daughter??? Hello- there’s a school named after him there!!!!!” wrote one irate user on Instagram.
Dre has since deleted the Instagram post after several of his celebrity friends, including fellow music mogul Sean Combs, congratulated him. Combs is rumored to have paid his offspring’s way into USC.
Many argued that Truly should be very proud of her achievement. Less than 6% of young people of color are accepted into the college of their choice. While a shocking 60% of wealthy young people are admitted to schools of their choice.
The reason for the disparity is wealthy people using their influence and millions of dollars in “donations” to get their children into top colleges.
The feds are cracking down on rich parents who use other means, such as side doors and back doors, to get their children into colleges.
Truly is Dre’s daughter by his wife Nicole Young, a former attorney. They also have a son named Truce, 22.
Additionally, Dre has three adult children from previous relationships. Another son, Andre Young Jr., died at age 20 from a drug overdose in 2008.
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