Outspoken and finally vindicated actress Janet Hubert from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air got the internet chatting about something other than the apology she got from Will Smith. Resuming her stance that Black women actors are treated differently, she took the news of Lori Loughlin’s release from prison to heart and popped off.
Her anger echoes that of another older Black woman from a different generation. Adrienne Banfield-Norris, aka “Gam” on Red Table Talk, seemed to be very upset at the invitation to Olivia Jade to sit down at the red table to discuss the college scandal her mother got her caught up in.
Olivia Jade Giannulli was a freshman at the University of Southern California when the bombshell dropped that her admission had been paid for, upending her life as a fashion influencer, blogger and YouTube personality. With her famous parents Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli both swept into jail, the young woman disappeared from life and didn’t return back to the school.
“I just found it really ironic that she chose three Black women to reach out to for her redemption story. I feel like, here we are, white women coming to Black women for support when we don’t get the same from them,” she said. “Her being here is the epitome of white privilege to me. It’s not our responsibility to raise her consciousness.”
Olivia Jade seems to be more conscious of her privilege after this whole debacle, even responding to criticisms of a YouTube video that resurfaced of her being very nonchalant about school. In the video, she expressed at the time she didn’t care about school and was there for the activities and partying – which, given the situation now, felt very tone deaf.
“The fact that you could even say those things shows how fortunate you are,” she said of herself. “That you didn’t have to worry about that. That you knew you were going to be ok without it. And that sits with me and makes me cringe and it’s embarrassing that I ever said those types of things.”
Jada wanted to choose redemption, telling Gam “I never want to be the thing that was done to me by white women,” with Gam’s looks and body language indicating she didn’t agree.
“We gon’ get heat,” said Jada to her co-hosts – before Olivia Jade even came out to join the discussion.
Heat indeed, and it’s coming from people like Janet Hubert.
Hubert took to her Twitter to decry the release of Loughlin from jail, who served her two month sentence for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into USC. Hubert’s complaints sounded just like Gam’s.
“So when white actresses commit crimes they get new shows, pilots, etc. Lori Loughlin…I assume, will get an Emmy for her time in prison,” started the post. Hubert’s cries were nothing new to many Black actresses, however.
“Hmmmm…oh to be white, blond, and privileged! No thanks I would rather be bold, black, and dignified!”
She of course, signed off the tweet with the hashtag “#onlyinamerikka.”
See the post below.