Olivia Jade Giannulli, for the third, or maybe fourth time, is back. The youngest daughter of actor Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli is back on YouTube. She was back once before, with a video on the platform, and again with her tell-all interview on Facebook Live’s Red Table Talk (more on that later), but now, she is back again. The vlog—for she always was a vlogger, even before the idea to do a college-admissions scandal was a twinkle in her parents’ eyes—is a run-through of her day.
It begins with a disclaimer or an acknowledgment of what’s gone down. That is, her family paid $500,000 to a man named Rick Singer in order to get her and her sister, Bella, into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, though neither of them ever took part in the sport. Her mother, Loughlin, already did her two months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and her father, Giannulli, is in prison until April after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud.
She directs anyone who has “questions” or comments to that appearance on Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith, her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, a.k.a. Gammy, and daughter Willow. She said all she wanted to say there, she says in this new video. And then, immediately after that intro, Olivia Jade cuts to an update, taped later, in which she says she didn’t “mean to say that in a dismissive way or a pretentious way.” She doesn’t want it to come across like, “I went on Red Table Talk and now my name is cleared.” She is, now more than ever, self-aware.
Over on Instagram, another one of her moneymakers from her personal before times, there are three shots of her and a Corona can (the beer, that is).
Is it an ad? If it is, then that would likely be the first brand to enlist her sponsorship talents. But there’s no disclaimer, no hashtag #ad, and it just doesn’t stand to reason that Olivia Jade would make that kind of mistake—not before the scandál, and especially not now. So I have to think it’s a Southern Californian’s commentary on the world we live in now, a small art piece for all to see. We can look at it and say, yes Corona. There it is.
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