Olivia Jade was born into the spotlight, among other things (white privilege and money to be exact). And when her parents, Lori Laughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, committed the crime of forging her way into college Olivia received greater attention. Although she didn’t receive legal consequences like her parents, she did face some serious repercussions from society.
Her initial reaction included leaving university entirely and silencing herself for a year on all media platforms. However, her long term response to the situation was by addressing the scandal on Red Table Talk with Adrienne Banfield Norris (Gammy), Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith. Their tense conversation addressed the issue of not just the scandal but also the privileges that Olivia was born into and had gone unrecognized up until that time. Or at least we thought.
At the Red Table Olivia vowed to be part of the change that the world demands however, her most recent Youtube content doesn’t appear to show the efforts that she pledged to undertake.
The (White) Privilege To Be Educated
For those of you who were caught in other wormholes of drama while quarantined, here’s a synopsis on what you missed. A college rep professional who goes by the name William Singer was paid “approximately $25 million to bribe coaches and university administrators to designate their children as purported athletic recruits, thereby facilitating the children’s’ admission to those universities.”
So basically, the children of some very wealthy people were accepted into colleges that they had no business going to by being “recruited” onto sports teams regardless of their athletic abilities and by cheating on entrance exams. Olivia, specifically, was accepted into the University of Southern California as a fabricated athlete. She was identified as a coxswain for the L.A. Marina Club which um, does not exist. This lie went to the lengths of her father posing her and her sister on rowing machines and resulted in her getting accepted to USC as a valuable asset to their rowing team.
The YouTube star chose Red Table as the space to address the scandal because “it feels really safe. But it also feels honest,” she said. The 21-year-old went in with the intentions to lay everything out, to be open and to be raw and that’s exactly what went down. She admitted to the situation not feeling wrong in the midst of happening however that mindset shifted after taking the time to understand why people were angry.
She expressed “I understand that I, just based on my skin color I already had my foot in the door and I was already ahead of everybody else. I think I 100% can recognize that.” But were these words just a bunch of sweet nothings being talked into our ears?
“A Day In The Life”
When CELEB checked in with Olivia back in February she had uploaded her first comeback vlog which included a brief comment about her Red Table Talk interview. Although it came off like she was trying to dismiss the past, she added in an editors note that that wasn’t her intention and that she just wants to move forward and do right by the future.
However, the video following that one was an “everyday” routine featuring herself doing her make-up regimen. That’s it. And continuing on with her vlogs to this day, her video’s haven’t included much variation from what they were prior to the scandal. In fact, her most recent one caused some friction after she highlighted her day trip to Disneyland with getting wasted on a party bus with her friends prior to going.
Viewers have been sharing their concern for her lack of actions supporting her Table Talk interview but according to TheThings most criticism in the comment section of her videos is being deleted.
Do·na·tion Or Do·noth·ing?
Last year in June 2020 the social media mogul participated in the “BLM Donation Challenge” on her Instagram story. After landing on the National Bail Out Fund – an organization that raises money to bail out protesters amid the Black Lives Matter Movement- Olivia posted the receipt of her donation and then called on others to do the same.
The vlogger continued to exercise her ally-ship by adding to her story “As a person who was born into privilege based on my skin color and financial situaion, I was not always aware that these issues were still so present. And that makes me feel awful. But that also fuels me.” She ended the rant with saying “We need to support and stand up and speak and use our WHITE PRIVILEGE TO STOP THIS.”
So now we ask, “Olivia, what are you doing with your white privilege to “stop this?”
In the recent descriptions of her YouTube videos she writes “Disclaimer: I will be donating a percentage of my adsense on ALL videos going forward to a charity I work with and really admire.” This rather vague note of her good deed has raised eyebrows of viewers. Many have questioned time and time again for her to share details or create vlog posts about where she is donating and the work she is doing but she has failed to settle those curiosities.
And while some fans are defending her character and strength for actively showing her face on YouTube again, others are unsure as to how genuine she is with her efforts to redeem herself and her family and truly support the end to white privilege.