Olivia Jade Faces Backlash After TikTok About Being “Shamed” After Netflix College Admissions Documentary
The 21-year-old beauty blogger posted a TikTok video following the March 17 release of the Netflix documentary “Operation Varsity Blues.” The film focuses on the infamous college admissions scandal Olivia’s family was involved in when her parents falsely positioned her and her sister, Bella, as athletes. They were also accused of paying $500,000 in bribe money to the scandal’s ringleader, Rick Singer.
Former Full House actress Lori Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli both pleaded guilty and served prison time for their roles in the scandal. However, the documentary seemed to bring up painful emotions for Olivia, who is now trying to move on from the drama.
@oliviajadegdoesn’t matter if you’re drowning in 60 ft and I’m drowning in 30… were both still drowning. Love this message – have a beautiful day♬ original sound – Olivia Jade
In the TikTok video, she speaks about the advice she was given by an “inspirational woman” and still thinks about daily.
“We were talking about being in the public, and being publicly shamed, and I was like, ‘Well, my situation doesn’t even compare, I’m not even going to start to compare it to yours,'” she says. “She looked at me, and she said, ‘Olivia, it doesn’t matter if I’m drowning in 60 feet of water and you’re drowning in 30. We’re both still drowning.'”
The video didn’t sit well with many commenters, who were quick to point out her privilege.
“You are drowning because no one taught you how to swim,” one user wrote. “They just did it for you.”
This comment aligns with the incriminating clips featured in the Netflix documentary. In one segment, Olivia says she’s grateful for her education but wishes she could drop out of school — you know, while her parents were buying her way into college under false pretenses.
“It’s more like you’re floating on water with a life vest, and the other person who faces systemic racism and 1,000 barriers is drowning,” another commenter stated.
Ironically, Olivia’s parents had indicated their daughters were elite rowers, which cheeky commenters didn’t miss. Many inquired how she could possibly drown with her alleged rowing background.
Do you feel sympathy for Olivia and her family, or do you think they deserve the backlash they’ve faced for their wrongdoings? Give us your take in the comments!