While her parents Full House star Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli sit in federal prison, Olivia Jade is speaking to Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris on Red Table Talk.
Olivia Jade Speaks About College Admissions Scandal
Lori Loughlin's daughter who faked rowing photos to get into USC who admittedly only wanted to go to university to "party" is now facing the fire of the Red Table Talk stars. Her mother Lori Loughlin and father Mossimo Giannulli are currently serving their prison terms for paying $500,000 in bribes to secure their two daughters a spot in the University of Southern California.
Now Olivia asked the Red Table Talk ladies if she could speak her "truth" on their show. Jada Pinkett Smith's mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones was adamantly against allowing Olivia on the show. "She chose three black women to reach out to for her redemption story. I feel like, here we are, [a] white woman coming to back women for support when we don’t get the same from them. It's just bothersome to me on so many levels. Her being here is the epitome of white privilege to me."
While Jada and Willow were more sympathetic to Olivia, Adrienne held her feet to the fire saying, "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 or you're not in school right now because, at the end of the day, you’re gonna be OK, because your parents are gonna go in and they're going to do their 60 days and they're going to pay their fine."
"You guys will go on and you'll be OK, and you will live your life. There's so many of us that it is not going to be that situation. It makes it very difficult right now for me to care."
Olivia Jade On Her Privilege
Olivia explained, "We had the means to do something and we completely took it and ran with it. It was something that it was wrong. It really can't be excused. On paper, it's bad, it's really bad. But I think what a lot of people don't know is my parents came from a place of just, 'I love my kids I just want to help my kids, whatever is best for them. I worked my whole life to provide for my family.' I think they thought it was normal."
She admitted that when the news first broke she thought "How are people mad about this?" because in the world she lived in it was normal for parents to do this. Olivia believes she has learned a lot from this experience saying, "I understand that just based off my skin color, I already have a foot in the door. I recognize that."
"Every single person in my family can be like, 'That was messed up. That was a big mistake.' But what's important for me is to learn from the mistake, not to now be shamed and punished and never given a second chance. I mean, I'm 21, I feel like I deserve a second chance to redeem myself, to show I've grown. I'm not trying to victimize myself. I don't want pity. I don't deserve pity. I just want a second chance and to say I recognized that I messed up."
When asked about her mother who is in prison Olivia said, "It's been hard. No matter what the situation is, you don't want to see your parents go to prison. But it’s necessary for us to move on and move forward."
"I’m trying to look at the positives in situations, you know? I know it's a positive that she's in there right now. She gets to really rethink everything that happened when she comes out [she'll] kind of figure out what she wants to do with what she's learned from all of this. Hopefully, that will be a blessing in the end."
Each of the Smith family members was able to give their own perceptions and perspective on her situation and her choices surrounding the scandal and her attitude towards school before the scandal.