Olivia Giannulli is used to living a lavish life, led by her famous mother Lori Loughlin and designer father Mossimo Giannulli. But the 19-year-old YouTuber, who goes by the name Olivia Jade online, has gotten herself into a bit of trouble, as subscribers are calling her out for her “spoiled” outlook on college.
In one of her latest videos, the teen opened up about her future plans after recently graduating from her private high school in California. And although she’s already made quite the career for herself on social media, people were excited to hear that Olivia is still planning to attend college in the fall. However, her explanation of why she wants to pursue higher education has people expressing their disappointment.
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend,” she shared with her nearly 2 million subscribers, after explaining her extensive work schedule. “But I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
Olivia’s viewers responded with mixed opinions — although the overwhelming majority were bashed her “privileged” and “ignorant” attitude towards education.
“I honestly found it very disappointing when you said you care more about parties and tailgates rather than your education. If you hate school so much why go to college?” one commenter said. “And it’s honestly insulting when tons of people can’t even afford to go to college but want to and I know damn well you’re not going to a community college meaning you’re probably going to a good school that others would literally kill to go to.”
“Dang must be nice to only go to school for the game days, or to party…,” another said sarcastically. “Here I am going cause I would be the first of my family’s generation to have a degree, and better opportunities.”
And just two days later, the young influencer posted a response video titled “im sorry” to address the hate.
“I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically. And it totally came across that I’m ungrateful for college — I’m going to a really nice school. And it just kind of made it seem like I don’t care, I just want to brush it off. I’m just gonna be successful at YouTube and not have to worry about school,” Olivia said in the video. “I’m really disappointed in myself.”
The teen went on to say, “A lot of people like to attack me for the way I’ve grown up because it’s really different from a lot of people.” But fans are ultimately happy that Olivia addressed that attending college is in fact a “blessing” and a “privilege.”
“I’m really glad you addressed it and you understand the kind of privilege you have to be able to get that education,” a viewer wrote. “But to the people who are ‘on her side,’ there are no sides to this. She’s acknowledging she said something a little ignorant and she’s learned from it and that’s good. There is no need to minimize the feelings of those who were put off by it just because you weren’t.”
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