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 stopped her parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli from facing lengthy jail sentences during 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
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.
Saying her piece: Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade, 20, took to Instagram Sunday with an impassioned plea to her 1.3 million followers to correct all acts of racism
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 note 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 ad 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.
‘We need to support and stand up and speak and use out 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 tf 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 on social media.
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. ‘You are embarrassingly tone deaf and need to legitimately pursue an education.’
‘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
Full House star Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli were accused by federal prosecutors of paying $500,000 to get Olivia and her sister Bella into USC as crew recruits, even though neither were athletes.
Loughlin, 55, and Mossimo, 56, agreed a plea deal in the case last month, pleading guilty to wire and mail fraud charges.
The actress is expected to serve two months in prison and complete 100 hours of community service, while Giannulli will serve five months behind bars and complete 250 hours of community service.
The couple, who will also pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, will be formally sentenced in August.
Plea deal: The Full House star, pictured with Olivia and Bella in 2017, is expected to serve two months in prison and complete 100 hours of community service when sentenced in August
Olivia had urged her followers following the killing of George Floyd: ‘Don’t sit there and allow this to continue happening…. If you see something that doesn’t look right… do something!!!!!’