Olivia Jade released her first video back on YouTube and told fans to watch her Red Table Talk if they have questions. Read on for a recap of the full episode.
YouTuber Olivia Jade swiftly left her channel with over one million subscribers in 2019, amid the college application scandal. During this time, 50 people were charged for their roles in buying admission to elite universities.
Olivia Jade was accepted into the University of Southern California under the promise that her ability as a coxswain would improve the school’s rowing team. However, her athletic profile was fabricated in order to gain her acceptance to the school.
Her return to YouTube
On January 21st, Olivia Jade uploaded her first YouTube video back to her channel. Of course, she addressed the situation, having been gone for over a year.
In her video, she told fans that the best way to find out information is to watch her episode of Red Table Talk. The episode dates back to December and saw her be interview by the female members of the Smith family.
“Obviously I did my Red Table Talk interview and I think if you have any questions for me or you have anything to say, or if you’re like ‘why are you back?’, you can go watch that interview, I think I disclosed what I thought I needed to say on there,” she said.
Olivia Jade’s Red Table Talk episode
If you didn’t watch the Red Table Talk when it initially premiered, or don’t have the time to watch it now, let us recap it for you.
Here are some of the main takeaways from Olivia Jade’s Red Table Talk:
She admitted it was a mistake
Olivia Jade states that she and her family all realise now that it was wrong, and ultimately a mistake.:
“What happened was wrong, and I think every single person in my family can be like, ‘That was messed up. That was a big mistake,’ What’s so important to me is to learn from the mistake. Not to now be shamed and punished and never given a second chance.”
She said she doesn’t want pity on Red Table Talk, but a second chance
Throughout her appearance, she reiterated that she wasn’t looking for pity by going on Red Table Talk, but instead wanted a second chance to tell exactly that.
“I’m not trying to victimize myself. I don’t want pity — I don’t deserve pity. We messed up. I just want a second chance to be like, ‘I recognize I messed up,'” she said.
“I never got to say, ‘I’m really sorry that this happened,’ or ‘I really own that this was a big mess-up on everybody’s part,’ but I think everybody feels that way in my family right now.”
Olivia Jade was confused by the news of the scandal
It appears from Olivia Jade’s Red Table Talk that she didn’t know fully about what happened, while it was happening.
“I didn’t really 100 percent understand what had just happened. Because there was a lot that, when I was applying, I was not fully aware of what was going on,” she said.
Olivia also added that she confronted her parents when it all came out:
“I was definitely confused when this all came out, and I went and confronted them about everything. They didn’t really have much to say, except, like, ‘I’m so sorry, I really messed up in trying to give the best to you and your sister.”
It taught her about her privilege, and she says she didn’t realise it was wrong at first
During her Red Table Talk, she confesses that when it first happened she didn’t understand what was wrong with it, or why people were annoyed.
“I think that this has been like a really eye-opening experience for me and situation, and although there’s a lot of negative around it and there’s a lot of mistakes and wrongdoings, it’s led me to have a completely different outlook on a lot of situations.”
“I remember thinking, ‘How are people mad about this?’” she said, before recounting that she thought at first: “I don’t really understand what’s wrong with this.”
“A huge part of having privilege is not knowing you have privilege. And so when it was happening it didn’t feel wrong,” she said. “It didn’t feel like ‘That’s not fair, a lot of people don’t have that.’”