‘There is a lot of education that she needs to do for herself’
Adrienne Banfield-Norris is talking about his “frustrating” interview on Red Table Talk with Olivia Jade Giannulli.
The 21-year-old influencer appeared on the hit Facebook Watch series last month to break her silence about the college admission scandal that her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, were in the center of.
“It was frustrating, but at the end of the day, I felt that people understood how I felt,” said Banfield-Norris, 67, in the Keep it podcast, PEOPLE reports. The Red Table Talk co-host called Olivia Jade during her appearance on the virtual series and practically told her to check her white privilege.
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“There were some things that were a little bit frustrating. I felt like a 21-year-old young adult, that she needed to be much more aware of what’s going on in the world, and that was a little frustrating, ”said Banfield-Norris.
“I heard people make comments like, ‘Well, kids don’t watch the news.’ Please. TV news is not the only place where you understand what is happening to the world and if you think so, then you are old! Because young people do not rely on the news – my generation does not depend on the news. I’m on my phone, on social media all the time, ”he added.
TheGrio previously reported, Loughlin, 58, and her stylist husband, Mossinmo Giannulli, 57, were sentenced in August by a federal judge for paying half a million dollars in bribes to obtain his two daughters, Olivia Jade, 21, and Isabella Rose, 22, at the University of Southern California. Loughlin, better known as Aunt Becky on the sitcom Full house, is serving a two-month sentence in a northern California federal prison, while Giannulli recently started his five-month prison sentence.
Olivia Jade appeared on the Red Table Talk to dish with Banfield-Norris and co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith about the aftermath of his parents’ arrest. The conversation left Banfield-Norris with the feeling that the young woman still has a lot to learn.
“There is a lot of education that she needs to do for herself,” she said. “But I understand that this is the world they are in. Her life experiences have not put her in the space where she needs to worry about that kind of thing, really. I really don’t know how to deal with it, because it’s about how you were raised and what you’re exposed to. “
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During the episode, Banfield-Norris asked Giannulli: “Do you understand why different people in the community would be upset? Do you have any understanding of why I would be upset that you were here and what you all did and the damage it did? “
She also noted how “ironic” it is that Giannulli chose three black women to reach out for his story of redemption. “
“I feel like we’re here, [a] white women coming to black women looking for support when we don’t get the same from them, ”she said. Banfield-Norris added: “The fact that she is here is the epitome of white privilege for me.”
Loughlin appeared at the prison on October 30. She is serving a two-month sentence at FCI-Dublin in Northern California.
Her husband is housed in isolation in a federal prison near Santa Barbara, California. He is serving a five-month sentence and is due to be released in April.
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