Olivia Jade, TikTok, Netflix, The College Admissions Scandal, Operation Varsity Blues

Olivia Jade posts TikTok about being ‘publicly shamed’ after college admissions scandal

The comments are anything but sympathetic

You might have only recently heard of who she is, after watching the Netflix documentary about the college admissions scandal, but now Olivia Jade has posted a TikTok saying she felt shamed by the public.

The 21-year-old YouTuber and influencer has posted about her experience, just a couple of weeks after she was featured in Netflix documentary film Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal. Among the most famous celebrities involved in the college admissions scandal is Full House actress, Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli – the parents of Olivia Jade.

They paid Rick Singer, the man behind the scandal, $500,000 to get Olivia Jade and her sister into USC. It was found they had Olivia Jade pose on a rowing machine and sent the pictures to William “Rick” Singer to get her accepted into college as a rower.

Olivia Jade and her mother Lori, via Netflix

Lori was sentenced to two months in prison, two years of supervised release, a $150,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. Mossimo was sentenced to five months in prison, two years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.

In a TikTok video, posted over the weekend, Olivia Jade has finally spoken out. She said: “A very inspirational woman once told me, we were talking about being in the public, and being publicly shamed, and I was like, ‘Well, my situation doesn’t even compare, I’m not even going to start to compare it to yours.’

“And she looked at me and she said, ‘Olivia, it doesn’t matter if I’m drowning in 60 feet of water and you’re drowning in 30. We’re both still drowning.’ And I like, think about that quote every day. Because I think it’s so true, and it’s such a bigger message to our world right now.”

She continues: “I think we’re all very quick to judge. I think we’re all very quick to put people down. And I just want people to remember, like, if your feelings are hurting, or they’re valid to you, they’re valid. And it doesn’t matter if somebody’s going through worse, you’re allowed to have a hard time in this world. But that doesn’t take away from somebody else, and that shouldn’t take away from you.

“We’re all human beings.”

@oliviajadegdoesn’t matter if you’re drowning in 60 ft and I’m drowning in 30… were both still drowning. Love this message – have a beautiful day

♬ original sound – Olivia Jade

But it doesn’t really look like her message has sunk in, if the comments section of the video is anything to go by. People are making jokes reminding her about “rowing practice at 8am” and saying she “deserves criticism” for “doing something illegal”. Others have pointed out it’s difficult to feel sorry for her in a global pandemic when it looks as though she’s living it up on a yacht or in a huge house overlooking the sea in the video.

In 2018, Olivia Jade started her freshman year at the uni, as a communications major. It was later revealed she had dropped out from the university, after the scandal was found out.

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal is available on Netflix now. For all the latest Netflix news, quizzes, drops and memes like The Holy Church of Netflix on Facebook. 

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