Frequent U.S. media theme: social mobility in the U.S. is low. If your parents aren’t rich and/or famous, you’re never going to get anywhere (unless you vote for Elizabeth Warren and AOC so that they can grab what is rightfully yours!). If, on the other hand, your parents were rich, you can coast into an elite adult slot. (Exhibit A: Donald Trump!)
Recent U.S. media theme: rich and famous people bribing college officials to get their children into selective universities.
Apparent contradiction: If social mobility is, in fact, low, why are rich and famous people bothering to bribe college officials?