Days after Lori Loughlin finally plead guilty to charges related to her role in the college admissions scandal, her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli is making headlines again for all the wrong reasons, as she’s been hit with backlash for an Instagram post about “white privilege” that fans say was “tone deaf.”

Fox News reporter that Giannulli took to her Instagram story to promise that she will call out racist acts when she sees them in the wake of the death of George Floyd, saying that white people “need to understand that just ‘not being racist is not enough’ if you hear people saying disrespectful things, correct them.”

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It didn’t take long for backlash to start pouring in for the 20 year-old social media “influencer,” with many saying that she’s the last person who should be lecturing anyone about “white privilege” right now.

“SHES THE DEFINITION OF WHITE PRIVILEGE SHE CONTRIBUTED TO IT WILLINGLY…her parents cheated her way into a school and only got 2 months in jail..she is not allowed to speak on the matter,” one person wrote on Twitter.

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“Her white privileged got her out of trouble,” another person added, with a third writing, “She needs a reality check! So tone deaf!”

“The college admissions scandal contributes to the sense of outrage felt by many who take to the streets and violently protest systemic entitlement, privilege and discrimination, while sweet lil olivia jade drops make-up tutorials like nothing happened. dumb, clueless and tone deaf,” commented a fourth user.

Giannulli had written in her post that while she’s aware of her own white privilege, she’s hoping she can use it to bring about positive changes going forward.


“If you see something that doesn’t look right… do something!!!!!” Giannulli wrote. “THIS NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. FOREVER! And as a person who is born into privilege based on my skin color & financial situation I was not always aware that these issues were still so present. And that makes me feel awful. But that also fuels me.”

“Don’t sit there & allow this to continue happening,” she added. “And if someone says something like ‘no one is around that offense’ or ‘it’s a joke’ it should offend ALL of us speak because it’s outright wrong and disgusting that humans talk/treat each other humans THE way we’ve seen.”

“We need to support and stand up and speak and USE OUR WHITE PRIVILEGE TO STOP THIS,” she continued. “We need to stop complaining about the smallest things because the black community are fearful of dying and being oppressed every single day just on the way they look and how they were born. Time to step up and keep making noise because this cannot continue to happen. It’s disgusting.”

Racial tensions are at an all-time high in the U.S. right now after the death of Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week.

Giannulli’s parents, Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, plead guilty ten days ago to charges related to them paying $500,000 in bribe money to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed before.


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