- Lori Loughlin and Massimo Giannulli's daughter Olivia Jade appeared on this week's Red Table Talk to open up about how the college admissions scandal has affected her life.
- Both Lori Loughlin and Massimo Giannulli are currently serving time in prison.
- The beauty influencer said she recognises her privilege and "there is no justifying or excusing what happened".
- Adrienne Banfield-Jones, a.k.a. Gam said she's finding it difficult to feel sorry for her considering everything the Black community has to go through on a daily basis.
While her parents serve out their sentence in federal prison for their involvement in the college admissions scandal, Olivia Jade has joined the ladies of Red Table Talk to open up about how the controversy affected her life.
Lori Loughlin and Massimo Giannulli are currently serving a two-month sentence for their involvement in the scandal that saw many high profile celebs, including Felicity Huffman as well, pay money to secure spots for their already privileged children at prestigious US universities.
The Full House actress also faces two years of supervised release, a $150 000 (R2.5 million) fine and 100 hours of community service, while her fashion designer husband will serve five months, two years of supervised release, a $250 000 (R4.2 million) fine and 250 hours of community service.
Now, speaking to Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Jones, a.k.a. Gam, Olivia Jade, a once successful model, YouTuber and influencer, says on this week's Red Table Talk saying she knows she's the "poster child for white privilege".
The episode starts with Adrienne saying she "fought tooth and nail" against having Olivia on the show, calling it ironic that she came to three black women to tell her "redemption story". "I feel like here we are, a white woman coming to Black women for support, when we don't get the same from them. It's just bothersome to me on so many levels," she says. "Her being here is the epitome of white privilege."
Olivia says she knows what happened was "wrong". "There is no justifying or excusing what happened," she says. But she would like to be given the opportunity to speak about it, and redeem herself.
Olivia says she felt so "ashamed and embarrassed" after the scandal first broke, she just hid herself away for months and stopped attending classes. "And I shouldn't have been there in the first place, clearly, so there was no point in me trying to go back," she adds.
"I feel like you will be fine," Gam tells Olivia during the episode, making it clear she needs to recognise her privilege.
She says later: "There is so much violent dehumanisation that the Black community has to go through on a daily basis, right? There is so much devastation, particularly this year 2020, with the pandemic and everything being brought to the table, just how there's so much inequality. [So] when you come to the table with something like this, it's like, child, please."
She adds: "I'm exhausted with everything that we have to deal with as a community. And I just don't have the energy to put into the fact that you lost your endorsements, right? Or you're not in school right now. Because at the end of the day, you're gonna be okay, because your parents are gonna go in and they're gonna do their 60 days, and they're gonna pay their fine. And you guys will go on and you'll be okay and you will live your life, right? And there's so many of us, that is not going to be that situation."
SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE.