Was Felicity Huffman's Sentence in the College Admissions Scandal the Result of 'White Privilege'?
Her "Desperate Housewives" co-star called her 14-day sentence a "slap on the wrist."
Felicity Huffman’s former “Desperate Housewives” co-star spoke out against the short prison stint she received for her part in the college admissions scandal revealed earlier this year, social media posts show.
Ricardo Chavira, who starred as Eva Longoria’s husband Carlos Solis on the long-running ABC dramedy, took to social media in September to denounce white privilege in the wake of Huffman’s sentencing.
“White Privilege,” he wrote on Twitter. “And I saw eight years worth of it, so I know what I’m talking about. Accountability and Responsibility don’t mean s*** to these people.”
Though his tweet did not specifically name Huffman or others involved with the show, it was shared alongside a link to a Variety article headlined “Felicity Huffman Tells Judge She Wanted Daughter to Have a Fair Shot.”
Less than 10 minutes later, Chavira tweeted again, writing: “I saw Eight years worth of it working on Housewives. I’ve seen a lifetime of it being a halfbreed, and I’ve struggled w the intricacies of it on a daily basis w all the cultural bias I’ve received on both ends. But whatever. Slap on the wrist. Sorry, but this s***.”
In May, Huffman pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to disgraced admissions consultant Rick Singer to have a proctor change her 19-year-old daughter Sophia’s SAT answers after she took the test.
“I am deeply sorry to the parents, students, colleges and universities who have been impacted by my actions,” she said ahead of her sentencing. “I am sorry to my daughter Sophia, my daughter Georgia and to my husband Bill. I have betrayed them all.”
Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison and was fined $30,000 and will be on supervised release for one year after serving her sentence. She will also be required to complete 250 hours of community service.
Chavira, a second-generation Mexican American, went on share tweets comparing Huffman’s punishment with the sentence a homeless woman named Tanya McDowell received after enrolling her son in a school outside her listed district. In that case, McDowell was given five years.
He then shared a story about his condemning white privilege in the wake of Huffman’s sentencing, writing, “La verdad no peca, pero incomoda,” which loosely translates into “The truth doesn't hurt, but it does make you uncomfortable.”
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