Fans Think Felicity Huffman Should ‘Suffer Consequences’ despite Her Guilty Plea

Bettina Dizon
Apr 10, 2019
06:09 A.M.
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Social media users react to the statement of Felicity Huffman last Monday. Her guilty plea attracted several comments from both fans and trolls.

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Former “Desperate Housewives” star, Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in her involvement in a nationwide college admissions scandal. 

“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” said Huffman in a statement acquired by Fox News.

“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”

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As soon as the statement was released last Monday, social media shook with different comments from users about Huffman’s plea and apology. Some commended her for owning up to her mistakes while others criticized her and wanted a just punishment.

Popular vlogger, Michael Buckley, reposted her statement and described it as a “heck of a good apology statement.”

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A proclaimed news reporter for People, Dave Quinn, responded:

“Apology accepted, Felicity Huffman!”

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Others acknowledged her regret for her actions but did not fail to recognize that what she did was wrong.

“I appreciate her apology and she’s now doing the right thing. However, that doesn’t change the fact that until she was caught she was ok, more than ok, with cheating a deserving child of their deserved education,” the tweet read.

 

“In fairness to #FelicityHuffman, this is as good an apology as one could write. She should still suffer consequences beyond just a fine (which would be of no consequence to her), but her apology comes off as thoughtful and reflective and all-encompassing,” said another.

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However, there were also others who deemed her statement not enough for an apology. One Twitter user said:

“Instead of giving an empty apology, Felicity Huffman should donate her time to helping push for better public education in poverty-stricken neighborhoods, and donate her money to students who can’t afford college. That’s what a real apology would look like!”

“Going forward, Felicity Huffman could make good this apology by using her wealth and privilege to advance discussions about reparations in the educational space,” another said.

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This is not the first batch of criticism Huffman received from social media. Others have made fun of her situation through memes and taglines for the actress.

Huffman, 56, is only one among the many parents who were involved in the bribery scandal. Other parents include known personalities in finance, law, fashion, and other fields.

She allegedly made a charitable donation of $15,000 to increase her daughter’s SAT score. Because of this, she was charged with conspiracy and fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. However, the Huffman’s plea agreement states prosecutors to seek a four to 10-month sentence only.

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Felicity Huffman exits the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse after appearing in Federal Court | Source: Getty Images

With the current situation of Huffman, Netflix officials opted to delay the release of Felicity Huffman’s film, “Otherhood,” with them. The movie is a romantic comedy which includes Huffman, Patricia Arquette, and Angela Bassett as main characters.

The 56-year-old garnered Emmy nominations for her previous Netflix series “American Crime” and is supposed to play a prosecutor in the film “When They See Us,” directed by Ava DuVernay. 

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