As some Hollywood offspring face criticism for their parents' shady misgivings, others are taking the opportunity to speak candidly about how their last names impacted their college opportunities.
Ben Dreyfuss, whose father is acclaimed actor Richard Dreyfuss, tweeted, "I got into college the old fashioned way: By letting my father's celebrity speak for itself."
In a subsequent text conversation, his mother, screenwriter Jeramie Rain, tried to convince Ben that his achievements were his alone -- but did concede, after a bit of back-and-forth, that Richard, who starred in "American Graffiti" and "Jaws," probably did sway some decisions.
"I do not believe for a second that your father got you into Emerson," she wrote. "You worked hard."
In response, Ben pointed out that he "didn't even graduate high school," adding, "I was throw[n] out of one high school, left another with a drug problem ... Pretty sure Dad having an Oscar helped me get into Emerson, a college that famously values performing arts celebrities."
He then pointed out that his college essay was about "my parents' divorce that intentionally mentioned by childhood in Hollywood."
"Ok. That might have helped," his mom texted back. "Bet schools won't be so happy to take celebrities' kids anymore. Unless they make big donations. Dad never made any donations. Ha ha."
Now the editorial director of growth strategy at political newsmagazine Mother Jones, Ben has been cited as the driving force behind the outlet's increasing online influence.
Other children of celebrities who've weighed in on the controversy include Rob Lowe's son, John, who called the scandal "really, really gross."
PHOTOS: Richard Dreyfuss through the years
Richard Dreyfuss through the years
Richard Dreyfuss through the years
American film actor Richard Dreyfuss. (Photo by John Minihan/Getty Images)
Richard Dreyfuss on MGM studios lot in Culver City, CA 1976; Various Locations; Mark Sullivan 70's Rock Archive; Culver City; CA. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Contour by Getty Images)
Richard Dreyfuss playing pool in a scene from the film 'The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz', 1974. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
American actor Richard Dreyfuss inspects the mouth of a dead Great White shark in a still from director Steven Spielberg's film, 'Jaws,' 1975. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Getty Images)
American actors Richard Dreyfuss and Jessica Harper embrace in a promotional still from the film, 'Inserts,' directed by John Byrum, 1975. (Photo by United Artists/Courtesy of Getty Images)
Richard Dreyfuss is questioned in a scene from the film 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind', 1977. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss during 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Richard Dreyfuss (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Richard Dreyfuss and Jeramie Rain during 59th Annual Academy Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Richard Dreyfuss and wife Jeramie Rain attend Entertainment Industry Council Gala Honoring Bud Grant on November 24, 1987 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Richard Dreyfuss during an interview with guest host Jay Leno on January 29, 1991 -- (Photo by: Cheryl Balter/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Richard Dreyfuss during American Film Institute Honors Steven Spielberg with 1995 Life Achievement Award at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Richard Dreyfuss and Laura Cayouette during 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1025 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Richard Dreyfuss during an interview with host Jay Leno on November 6, 1996 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 3: Richard Dreyfuss stars as Max Bickford in THE EDUCATION OF MAX BICKFORD. (Photo by Barbara Nitke/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Actor Richard Dreyfuss talks at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 29, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Piyal Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 27: Actor Richard Dreyfuss does an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the convention floor before the start of day 3 of the 2008 Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., on Aug. 27, 2008. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images)
Richard Dreyfuss attends the 2009 Voice Awards Ceremony at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on October 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Richard Dreyfuss speak at the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's 'Right Makes Might' Speech at the NYU Cooper Union Great Hall on February 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 11: Richard Dreyfuss arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Red' at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 11, 2010 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: Actor Richard Dreyfuss leads a Gray Line bus tour through Greenwich Village at the Gray Line New York's Ride of Fame ribbon cutting ceremony in front of Cherry Lane Theatre on November 5, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Richard Dreyfuss appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Richard Dreyfuss speaks on 'civility' and how an informed electorate can better engage in political dialogue, at The National Press Club on January 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Richard Dreyfuss appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
WHISTLER, BC - DECEMBER 06: Actor Richard Dreyfuss in conversation at the 13th Annual Whistler Film Festival - Variety Signature Series Tribute honouring Richard Dreyfuss hosted by executive editor Steven Gaydos on December 6, 2013 in Whistler, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage)
MADOFF - Get a look into the mind of the man who pulled off one of the greatest cons in history in the primetime miniseries Madoff, airing FEBRUARY 3-4, 2016 (8:00 10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eric Liebowitz/ABC via Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 12: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been digitally altered) Actor Richard Dreyfuss poses during a portrait session on day four of the 12th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 12, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF)