Olivia Jade’s most controversial moments

If there’s one word you can associate Olivia Jade Giannulli with, it has to be controversy. The influencer has made a ton of money on social media (she has 1.3 million followers on Instagram, 1.8 million subscribers on YouTube, and more than 360,000 followers on TikTok as of August 2022). It’s safe to say that her Online presence has been overshadowed a little, or a lot, over the years, but we’ll get into more of all of that, trust us.

How does she deal with all the pressure? “It’s helpful for me to remember that we were never meant to see the amount of people we see on social media,” she told The House in March. “The number of people we can reach on social media is unfathomable … so we’re not made to digest information in a healthy way, so you have to take everything with a grain of salt,” she added, admitting, that she is not immune to the effects of negative comments.

As the famous daughter of former ‘Full House’ star Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, Olivia Jade has always received a certain amount of criticism for choosing to flaunt her life — but it’s safe to say she’s more has had her fair share of backlash over the years.

The College Admissions Scandal

Of course, Olivia Jade’s biggest drama has to be her involvement in the infamous 2019 college admissions scandal. Her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, have been accused of paying $500,000 to get Olivia and her sister Isabella Rose into the University of Southern California. The family falsely claimed the sisters were rowing team recruits, per ABC News. Photos later surfaced of Olivia Jade using a rowing machine to allegedly demonstrate that the sisters were avid rowers — when they weren’t.

Loughlin and Giannulli both pleaded guilty to the crime and were serving jail terms, with the former sentenced to two months behind bars and the latter to five months, according to NBC News. In addition, Loughlin was required to pay $150,000 and do 100 hours of community service, while her husband was fined $250,000 to comply with a 250 hours of community service order.

How much Olivia Jade really knew is debatable, though a source claimed to Us Weekly, “Olivia knew exactly what her parents did to get her into USC, but didn’t think there was anything wrong with that. She didn’t get into any other California schools.” Meanwhile, official court documents (via US News) also claimed that Olivia Jade, in an email from her parents to the man they paid to get her into college to bring, had been set to CC.

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Olivia Jade claimed she was “publicly shamed”.

In the wake of that infamous college admissions scandal, some weren’t exactly happy with the way Olivia Jade spoke about the crime afterwards, and she received plenty of backlash in March 2021 after saying she was “publicly shamed” over the incident . That came after Netflix canceled the documentary Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal.

In a now-deleted TikTok video, Olivia Jade explained that she spoke to an unnamed woman about the intense exam. “We talked about being publicly shamed and I said, ‘Well, my situation doesn’t even compare, I’m not even going to start comparing it to yours.’ And she looked at me and said, ‘Olivia, it doesn’t matter if I drown in 60 feet of water and you in 30, we’re both still drowning,'” the influencer said (via ET). But not everyone sympathized. The backlash spread across social media, while BuzzFeed News reported that several fans slammed her in the comments. One particularly troubled TikTok user even commented, “Publicly shamed or held accountable?” Yikes.

Olivia Jade also sparked backlash when a fan asked her about “collage” on TikTok in July 2021. The star responded by poking fun at the typo and seemingly taking the scandal lightly, saying: “I really love collages. I’m really working on that bloody sick scrapbook that I’ll have to show you guys soon. It’s the chef’s kiss. Nice job I’ve done.

The Dancing with the Stars casting

Many “Dancing with the Stars” fans weren’t too happy when Olivia Jade was announced as a 2021 contestant on the show. Many took to Twitter to express their disappointment and to call out ABC for giving Olivia Jade a platform, especially when the college admissions scandal was still feeling a little fresh. “Disappointed @ABCNetwork … now rewarding repugnant behavior? Great example for younger generations…” one person tweeted, while another wrote on the social media site, “@ABCNetwork gives Olivia Jade the privileges whose parents went to jail for her role in the college admissions scandal, just another Reason why [this] Show…should be cancelled. Beyond ridiculous.”

But that wasn’t the only drama to come from Olivia Jade’s casting. An ABC exec was actually prompted to hit back after gossip blog Crazy Days and Nights circulated a seemingly baseless rumor claiming the influencer had some sort of deal with the producers to stay in the competition until at least week three stay. However, EVP of Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment Robert Mills had none of it. Citing a tweet that launched the rumor, he wrote, “This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. For those keeping count, Olivia Jade and her dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy stayed a little longer and went home in week eight.

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Is Olivia Jade best known as an influencer?

The Dancing with the Stars drama didn’t stop there for Olivia Jade. Aside from only being cast for the reality competition, some viewers also questioned her remarks on the show after she shared how viewers are most likely to know her. “I’m probably best known for being an influencer. But over the past few years I’ve been, you could say, caught up in a scandal,” Olivia Jade quipped during her intro confessional (via SheKnows), which had the Keyboard Warriors in effect.

Many Twitter users flocked to criticize the candidate for her vague remark about the serious crime. Some were unhappy with the way she spoke about her social media presence, while skimming over some specifics as to why she and her family were embroiled in a scandal. Memes abounded on the internet, while one Twitter user wrote in all caps: “OLIVIA JADE CALLED HERSELF AN INFLUENCER ON #DWTS BUT HOW IS THAT REALLY THE WHY [YOU’RE] DANCING?” Another wildly wrote in a viral tweet, “Olivia Jade on #DWTS: ‘I think I’m best known for being an influencer’. No, we all know what you’re best known for, and that’s not it” (hint, hint: it’s the college admissions scandal).

Yes, this “DWTS” performance certainly caused a lot of controversy.

Two fingers up

In the words of Beyoncé, “Hands up.” Olivia Jade caused controversy again in 2019 (which was clearly a pretty big year for this star) when she posted a since-deleted photo to Instagram showing her holding two fingers to the camera. Who was she aiming the hand obscenity at, we hear you ask? The big bad media. The gesture was aimed at multiple media outlets (tagging the likes of People and the Daily Mail in the upload, according to Page Six) who had covered the college admissions scandal — and Olivia Jade’s bold response didn’t sit well with many of her followers.

One viral tweet (which received nearly 20,000 likes) read: “Can’t believe Olivia Jade is trying to Instagram on Instagram to say a big shit about you to the media who did [their] Job and covered all the shady stuff she and her mom did and every influencer with a blue tick applauds her for that.” Another Twitter user shared a screenshot of the original post from Olivia Jade’s account, along with a few comments and writes : “Olivia Jade is white privilege at its finest. And all her influencer friends like and comment while blocking comments from others, that’s very telling.”

Yes, we can certainly see why the influencer removed this post from her profile.

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Olivia Jade’s comments about white privilege caused an uproar

Olivia Jade sparked controversy again in June 2020 when she shared a social media post about white privilege and racism, admitting that as a person born to wealthy, white parents, she was unaware that racial injustices existed in the were in abundance. (Lori Loughlin’s estimated net worth is $70 million, reportedly combined with that of Mossimo Giannulli.) Olivia Jade’s thoughts came amid an increased focus on the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd. She wrote, in part on her Instagram Stories (via Us Weekly), “THERE SHOULD NOT BE A GAPS BETWEEN PEOPLE LIKE THESE.

Many prompted her comments, claiming her family’s involvement in the college admissions scandal was the epitome of white privilege. “Olivia Jade on IG talks about white privilege… you mean that thing that keeps your parents out of jail and that fake got you into USC? I can’t,” one person hit back on Twitter. Olivia Jade has been slammed for allegedly sharing her privilege on social media, despite the state of the world, per Mercury News.

For her part, the celebrity returned to Instagram Stories a few days later to share that she had donated to the bail out fund as part of the BLM fundraiser challenge, per Us Weekly.

The disappointment of The View

Not only does Olivia Jade Giannulli know how to upset people on social media, she’s also felt an anger we never wish to experience – from the ladies of The View! The co-hosts caught her during their Red Table Talk interviews in December 2020 in which she (what else?) covered the college admissions scandal. Speaking to Jada Pinkett-Smith, her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris and daughter Willow Smith, Olivia Jade spoke about her wrongdoing and her right to forgiveness, saying, “What happened was wrong and I think every single person is responsible for it.” My family can say, “That screwed up. That was a big mistake.” But I think what’s so important to me is to learn from the mistake. Not to be shamed and punished now and not given a second chance.”

The interview didn’t sit well with Sunny Hostin on The View. She slammed Olivia Jade for not specifically acknowledging that paying her spot could have taken a position away from an ethnic minority student who could not otherwise afford to attend. Ana Navarro was equally outraged by the chat and didn’t mince words when it came to letting the world know about it. “I really have no interest in talking about this entitled brat and her supportive parents. They will be fine. There’s a lot of people lining up in food banks right now,” she said.

Yes. Olivia Jade certainly knows how to stir up controversy.