Olivia Jade Takes to ‘Red Table Talk’ to Finally Break Her Silence Following College Admissions Scandal
Olivia Jade appeared on Red Table Talk to discuss her college bribery scandal, where Jada Pinkett Smith and her mother get in a heated debate about whether the influencer even deserved a platform to speak.
Olivia Jade, daughter of Full House star Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, wanted to clear the air and express her remorse following her parents’ involvement in one of the biggest college admissions scandals in the nation’s history. Like many others, Pinkett Smiths’ mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, who’s also called Gammy, was not happy with her daughter’s decision to allow the 21-year-old to come on the show.
Last year Loughlin and Giannulli, among several others, were charged after it was revealed that they had paid $500,000 in bribes to get Olivia Jade and sister Isabella Rose into the University of Southern California. They had also worked with businessman Rick Singer to create fake resumes and lie about extracurricular activities on their applications.
Olivia Jade: I don’t deserve your pity— Femestella (@femestella) December 9, 2020
Adrienne Banfield-Norris: You don’t even deserve our Red Table platform pic.twitter.com/6iG3ZJftKi
While her parents are away at prison, Olivia Jade chose to reach out to Red Table Talk after wanting a safe space to share her side of the story, but Gammy shared her disagreement with allowing her to be a guest. “I fought it tooth and nail,” she said.
It’s frustrating as a black woman because we aren’t ever excused when we really do need allowances to be made.— Lo Leaux ✨ (@LaurenNaturally) December 9, 2020
I’m not excusing Olivia Jade. She was born into privilege, but she knew this was wrong. I won’t accept anything to the contrary.
She expressed not having the energy to hear a privileged white woman’s sob story when the Black community is currently dealing with so many hardships. She also felt that it was a slap in the face for the YouTube star to use a platform of all Black women to gain support when Black women aren’t given that same freedom.
It’s the way Gammy ate Olivia Jade up for me. So glad she didn’t hold back.— Alexandria Larice (@AlexandriaLari) December 9, 2020
Pinkett Smith, however, felt that it was unfair to dismiss and label Jade solely based on her privilege and wealth. She said Jade’s story reminded her of her own children and the misconception that children of wealthy parents can’t have struggles like everyone else.
Not Jada trying to say putting Black women into a category is the same as acknowledging that Olivia Jade is a white woman with privilege and money. Sis. Stop cappin for these white folks. The system is designed for them. Them categorizing us is systematic and racist.— Take A Number Hoe 💅🏾 (@domtheedom) December 9, 2020
Throughout the interview, Jade expressed her remorse and claimed she didn’t fully know and understand what her parents had done to get her into USC. She also spoke in great detail about using the scandal to become more aware and educate herself about the advantages she has because of her race and financial status.
the fact that #OliviaJade didn’t take ownership for what SHE did wrong is why i don’t feel bad for her. she’s like “maybe my parents will learn” & “i don’t get what we did wrong”. this girl knew and can’t hold herself accountable for her actions.— Morgan :)) (@morgss31) December 9, 2020
Many took to social media to express their agreement with Gammy and most aren’t buying Jade’s story. They find it nearly impossible to believe that she was completely oblivious to what her parents had done and they think she only decided to appear on the show as a PR move to try to redeem her image.
LOL @ people saying about Olivia Jade’s interview “she seems remorseful” …. you do know she had an entire PR strategic team that told her how to be remorseful right? They went over practice questions. They told her what points to hit. They picked out her outfit.— Poisyn Ivy ✨ (@poisynivyxxx) December 9, 2020
Regardless of whose side you’re on, it’s hard to argue that the show featured a very important discussion about entitlement and white privilege that we all can learn from. Feel free to check out the latest episode of Red Table Talk “Olivia Jade Speaks Out,” now streaming on Facebook Watch.