Frank! Twitter Goes Wild With William H. Macy ‘Shameless’ Memes Amid College Admissions Scam Drama

Taking a page from his playbook? Shameless fans can’t help but wonder what William H. Macy’s clever yet criminal character, Frank Gallagher, would think of his alleged association with the nationwide college admissions cheating scam.

Macy’s wife, Felicity Huffman, was arrested on Tuesday, March 12, for allegedly making “a purported charitable donation of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter” Sofia, 18, according to documents obtained by ABC News. The Desperate Housewives alum, 56, considered doing the same for her younger daughter with Macy, 16-year-old Georgia, but ultimately decided “not to do so.”

Frank! Twitter Goes Wild With William H. Macy ‘Shameless’ Memes Amid College Admissions Scam Drama
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in SHAMELESS (Season 9, Episode 13, “Lost”). Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME

Shameless devotees couldn’t help but draw parallels between the hit Showtime series and the scandal surrounding Macy, 69, and Huffman. “I know this is serious and all but William H. Macy is literally turning into Frank Gallagher and it’s the funniest f–king thing I’ve seen all day,” once fan tweeted alongside a GIF of the beloved character saying, “I’ve never been a selfless man.”

Another fan shared a funny GIF of Macy’s Emmy-nominated character smiling with the caption, “When life imitates art… a desperate housewife and Frank Gallagher scheme to get their kids an upper hand.”

One viewer posted a photo of Lip Gallagher (Jeremy Allen White), Frank’s oldest son who made money for taking college entrance exams for other students during season 1, and wrote, “It’s not the first time one of Frank Gallagher’s kids got caught cheating on SATs.”

Huffman isn’t the only celebrity who has been accused of partaking in the racketeering scam. Fuller House star Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,00 to have their daughters Bella, 20, and Olivia, 19, admitted into the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, although there is no record of them being a part of the team.

“Wait… Felicity Huffman is married to Frank Gallagher,” added another fan. “This whole scam makes sense now. I just hate they got [Loughlin’s Fuller House character] Aunt Becky wrapped up in all this.”

Huffman was released on a $250,000 bond on Tuesday. Loughlin, who was taken into custody on Wednesday, March 13, was released later that day on a $1,000,000 bond. Giannulli, who was arrested on Tuesday, was released on a $1,000,000 bond too hours later. Both women, as well as Giannulli, are set to appear at federal court in Boston on March 29.

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