Olivia Jade, as she's known across YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter, is going viral, but not in the way the "Insta-famous" daughter of actress Lori Loughlin (of Full House/Fuller House fame) and American fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli was probably hoping for. Now that Loughlin has turned herself into the FBI after she and her husband were caught up in a college admissions cheating scandal, her 19-year-old influencer daughter is catching flack for comments she made on one of her YouTube videos.
Olivia has been called out for a video she posted that mentioned her college plans to her YouTube channel, which some say showed off her privileged and entitled side, not to mention a delicious bit of irony considering her current situation.
In the video, Olivia answered a fan's question about her plans for college, confirming that she was enrolled in school. After mentioning how much work she already had planned for the first few weeks of school, she said, "I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend but I'm gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying...I don't really care about school, as you guys all know."
Some took that to mean the YouTuber was ungrateful for the opportunity to further her education or that she took it for granted since she was privileged enough to have parents who were able to pay for her college. "I honestly found it very disappointing when you said you care more about parties and tailgates rather than your education. If you hate school so much why go to college?" wrote one YouTube subscriber.
"Dang must be nice to only go to school for the game days, or to party... here i am going cause i would be the first of my families generation to have a degree. and better opportunities.... sigh i would love to party or live in a dorm.. ugh the good life sounds.. good! Lol?," wrote another.
To address the controversy, Olivia filmed yet another video to apologize for the way her words came across.
"I said something really ignorant and stupid," she said in the video. "It totally came across that I'm ungrateful for college...I watch it back and I read the comments and I'm just really disappointed in myself."
Though she apologized, some of her fans and followers questioned whether she really needed to do so in the first place. "Personally I thought it was funny, I was lucky enough to go to college---definitely wasn't cheap for my family---but I still related and laughed. game days were some of the best times i had in college. don't worry, people get triggered so easily. enjoy what you enjoy," commented one supporter.
Other fans commended her for the maturity it took to take responsibility for her words. "All the people that say that she doesn't need to apologize, yeah I think she needs to. It wasn't really bad. But it is the right thing to do. Bc not everyone has the chance to go to college. I'm really proud of her. Not everyone has the courage and humility to apologize if they say something stupid. So yeah, proud of her," a commenter wrote.
Now that news has broken that Olivia's parents allegedly conspired to get her admitted to USC through unsavory means (including spending $500,000 in order to make both their daughters designated as recruits for the USC crew team, despite the fact that neither girls had ever been on a rowing team), this video is once again making the rounds and, viewed in this new light, the comments Olivia made aren't quite as innocent as they seemed.
By cheating their way into getting their daughters accepted into a prestigious university, these parents have totally destroyed not only their own reputations, but their daughters' as well. As of publication, Olivia has switched off the comments of her Instagram page, possibly due to the abusive comments some users left behind. This could have all been avoided if these parents had faith in their own children.