Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade has been slammed after sharing an Instagram post about racism following George Floyd’s death.
The influencer, 20, shared a lengthy post on Sunday claiming she and her peers should ‘use their white privilege to stop this,’ and that others ‘need to understand that just “not being racist is not enough”.’
Her post sparked backlash from users who were quick to claim that her so-called ‘white privilege’ was the thing that will stop her parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli from facing lengthy jail sentences in the college admissions scandal.
Backlash: Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade, 20, has been slammed after sharing an Instagram post about racism following George Floyd’s death
Views: The influencer shared a lengthy post on Sunday claiming she and her peers should ‘use their white privilege to stop this [racism]’
In the long post shared to Instagram Stories, Olivia originally wrote: ‘Need to understand that just ”not being racist” is not enough. if you hear people saying disrespectful things. CORRECT THEM.
‘Don’t sit there and allow this to continue happening. And if someone says something like ”no one is around that it offends.”
‘Or ”it’s a joke” IT SHOULD OFFEND all of us because it’s outright wrong and disgusting that humans talk/treat other HUMANS the way we’ve seen.
‘Explain how it’s not funny at all. How actually ignorant it sounds. How uneducated you sound when u are undermining what black people have had to deal with for generations.’
She continued: ‘Speak up!!! If you see something that doesn’t look right… do something!!!! THIS NEEDS TO BE CHANGED FOREVER!
‘And as a person who was born into privilege based on my skin color and 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. It makes me want to learn more and do more and be better for all my beautiful black friends and any other person who faces discrimination.
‘I’m not racist and I never have been but I need to speak up about this because just not being racism isn’t enough. It outrages me. It makes me feel sick. It brings me to tears. THERE SHOULD NOT BE SUCH A GAP BETWEEN PEOPLE LIKE THIS.’
Family: Many users slammed Olivia’s comments, claiming her ‘white privilege’ has prevented her mother Lori Loughlin (pictured 2017) from facing a lengthy jail sentence
Olivia concluded her post: ‘We need to support and stand up and speak and use our WHITE PRIVILEGE TO STOP THIS. We need to stop complaining about the smallest thing. because the black community are fearful of drying and being oppressed every single day just based 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.’
Olivia’s post did not sit well with many social media users, who were quick to slam her comments.
Several claimed that her statement about ‘using white privilege’ was ironic, given it was the same platform her parents used to fraudulently gain her admission into college.
‘Olivia Jade on IG going on about white privilege… you mean the thing that’s keeping your parents out of jail and that fake got you into USC? I just can’t,’ one user tweeted.
College scandal: Twitter users couldn’t get past the fact Olivia’s parents have pleaded guilty to charges related to paying $500,000 to try and get her and her sister into prestigious USC
Another wrote: ‘Olivia Jade talking about white privilege but ignoring the fact her parents bribed and paid her way into college. bye.’
‘Her white privilege got her out of trouble,’ someone posted in the comments section of Olivia’s Instagram post.
‘You really have no self awareness,’ another user tweeted.
‘Tone deaf’: She was accused of having ‘no self awareness’
Wrong kind of influencer: The Twitter-verse was not impressed with Olivia’s comments on social media
Floyd died at a nearby hospital shortly after an exchange caught on camera in which he was handcuffed and pleading for his life as police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the back of his neck, rendering him unable to breathe; Chauvin has since been fired and charged in the incident.
Protests and riots have spread across the country since footage emerged of Floyd choking to death while being restrained by Chauvin.
Officers have since been criticised for their use of excessive force in controlling the enormous crowds that have gathered to protest in key cities all over the country.
Views: Jade made her case less than a week into a national unrest with rioting over dozens of cites in response to the death of 46-year-old security guard George Floyd in Minneapolis
Full House star Loughlin and fashion designer Giannulli were among dozens of wealthy parents, athletic coaches and others charged last year in the bribery scheme.
The police investigated dubbed Operation Varsity Blues also involved Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced to 14 days in prison, serving 11.
Lori and Mossimo and paid hefty bribes to get their kids into top universities with bogus test scores or fake athletic credentials, authorities said.
The couple had been scheduled to go to trial in October on charges that they got their two daughters into USC as crew recruits, even though neither girl was a rower.
Prosecutors say they funneled money through a sham charity operated by college admissions consultant Rick Singer, who has pleaded guilty to orchestrating the scheme.
Drama: Olivia’s mother Lori (above 2017) was one of many parents charged in the scheme, after trying get their kids into colleges with bogus test scores or fake athletic credentials
Prosecutors recorded phone calls and e-mails showing the couple worked with Singer to get their daughters into USC with fake athletic profiles depicting them as star rowers.
In one e-mail, Singer told Loughlin and Giannulli he needed a picture of their older daughter on a rowing machine in workout clothes ‘like a real athlete’.
Giannulli responded, according to the court filings: ‘Fantastic. Will get all’ and sent Singer the photo.
Prosecutors also had a bogus resumé presented to USC that falsely claimed their younger daughter, social media star Olivia Jade, rowed in prestigious competitions like the Head of the Charles.
Singer and the former coach he paid to create Jade’s fake athletic profile were expected to testify against the couple at trial.
Guilty: Both Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli agreed to plead guilty last month, with Louglin expected to serve two months in prison and Giannulli five
Both Loughlin and Giannulli agreed to plead guilty last month in exchange for a shorter prison sentence.
Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while Giannulli pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of money laundering and federal programmes bribery that were added after the case was filed.
Loughlin and Giannulli insisted for over a year that they were innocent and that they believed their payments were legitimate donations to the school or Singer’s charity.
They accused prosecutors of withholding evidence that would exonerate them and claimed investigators had sought to trick parents into incriminating themselves.
The judge this month rejected the defense’s bid to dismiss the case over allegations of misconduct by federal agents.
As part of the plea agreement, Loughlin will be sentenced to two months in prison and Giannulli five months, subject to the court’s approval, according to authorities.
Loughlin has also agreed to pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. Giannulli has agreed to pay a $250,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.
College girl: Influencer Olivia had entered University Of Southern California and promoted her attendance on social media