Twitter Thinks That Gammy Was the Only Part of Olivia Jade's Red Table Talk That Mattered
She made it clear from the beginning that she wasn't into it.
Today, Olivia Jade Giannulli joined Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Gammy (real name Adrienne Banfield-Norris) on Facebook Watch's Red Table Talk to discuss the college admissions scandal for the very first time. However, while Giannulli was the special guest, it was clear that Gammy was going to steal the show from the very beginning — and Twitter agreed.
After the episode aired, many critics rallied behind Gammy's opinions, which offered freely, saying that it didn't feel quite right to have a white woman speak about her privilege with three Black women and to push a redemption narrative and ask for support when her situation is so unrelatable.
"You know, I fought it tooth and nail," Gammy said of Olivia Jade's appearance on the show, according to Deadline. "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, [a] white woman coming to Black women for support when we don't get the same from them. It's just, it's bothersome to me on so many levels. Her being here is the epitome of white privilege to me."
Gammy went on to say that Giannulli would be fine — and she's probably right. And that's what many viewers connected with, not Giannulli's pleas for forgiveness and claims that she's now "aware" of social inequalities.
"It's not our responsibility to raise her consciousness," she said during the episode. “At the end of the day you're gonna be OK because your parents are gonna go in, and they're gonna do their 60 days, and they're gonna pay their fine, and you guys will go on and you'll be OK and you will live your life ... and there's so many of us that it is not going to be that situation. It just makes it very difficult right now for me to care. In this atmosphere that we are in right now."
Twitter backed Gammy right away, noting that her reactions were genuine and honest. While Pinkett Smith spoke about how relatable Giannulli's situation was, Gammy wasn't having it.
Of course, the whole episode got the meme treatment.
Gammy noted that she could feel different after she's had some time to think about the situation, but admitted that it wouldn't be easy to feel any sort of compassion for Giannulli.