Backtalk: Scammer SZN

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into all things scammy. The recent news of what the FBI called “Operation Varsity Blues” has revealed a multi-million dollar college admissions scheme run by an organization to aid wealthy parents in bribing university administrators and college prep tutors to pay their way into elite schools. Another day, another story about the wealthy taking advantage of systems built to maintain their status! And Amy vs. Dahlia wants to know who’s the worse scammer: baritone Silicon Valley liar, Elizabeth Holmes, or Fyre Fest disaster bro, Billy McFarland! What’s your choice? Text “Scam” to 503-855-6485 to let us know what you think!

WATCH

Jordan Peele’s second film, Us, is finally here! Dahlia and Amy can’t wait. Are you going to see it?

READ

Paul Beatty’s debut novel The White Boy Shuffle is irreverent, biting, and sparkles with outlandish sentences against a heavy backdrop.

LISTEN

The only way to explain our obsession with scammers? Fascination. Listen to the song by Alphabeat.

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Amy Lam is Bitch Media’s contributing editor. Find her at @amyadoyzie.