Olivia Jade rides fame from college admissions scandal

Following her leave of absence from social media, influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli re-entered the YouTube realm with a two minute video titled “hi again” on December 1, 2019. The backlash was immense.

After the college admissions scandal that broke in mid-March, 2019, Giannulli took time off from social media.
When Giannulli tried to begin posting again, she received a lot of hate.
In the video, Giannulli discusses the fact that she is unable to comment on the crimes committed by her parents.
However, she does state that she would like to “move past it” and continue posting on YouTube channel.
She discusses the fact that she doesn’t want to let go of being a social media influencer because she enjoys it so much.
Once the video was posted, Giannulli quickly made it on the “trending” page and the views and dislikes sky-rocketed.
The video gained nearly 5.5 millions views and a dislike-like ratio of 150,000 to 131,000.
The video racked up over 56,000 comments, many making jokes on her entitlement and complete lack of remorse over what her parents did.
To many, this may seem like a complete fail, but it was actually a success.
All social media “stars” like Giannulli look for from their following is “clout.”
“Clout” is a commonly used slang word on the internet.
It means to gain fame and notariety on the internet for your actions and/or things you’ve said.
After the exposure of the mistakes and crimes committed by their parents, kids like Giannulli have two options: stay out of the spotlight and revert to a normal life or re-enter the spotlight and gain money and fame through hate and backlash.
It’s actions like those taken by Giannulli that show how privileged and irresponsible many of these children of celebrities have been raised to be.
This is a grown woman, 20 years old, who is watching her parents potentially face jail time over her.
She should have the sense to cling to what little dignity she holds, yet she’d rather make more of a mockery of herself on the internet, just to remain relevant.
The entire situation showcases a classic example of entitlement.
For once in their life, someone needs to tell people in the same situation as Giannulli “no.”
They need to understand that they can’t go to any school and shouldn’t be able to return to their dream job, no questions asked, after their families did to so many bright, promising student athletes.
People like Giannulli can’t go online and influence millions of young kids that things like paying your way into college, only to drop out is okay because you can always become internet famous.
One can only hope that colleges like the University of Southern California will use this as a learning opportunity to look deeper into the people that they are accepting.
Schools need to accept students that display a strong work ethic and potential, not ones who pay their way in and use the success of their parents and their last name to get ahead in life.
As celebrities continue to have children and raise them in the spotlight, they need to be reminded that they are still citizens of a society that plays by rules.
This isn’t acting and you need to work for the things you that you receive.