We all watched as Adrienne Banfield-Norris got Olivia Jade Ginnulli right together during her appearance on ‘Red Table Talk,’ and now she’s opening up about just how ‘frustrating’ the interview was.
The Facebook Watch co-host appeared on the Keep It podcast and revealed she wasn’t keen on interviewing the 21-year-old social media influencer about the college admissions scandal in which both of her parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, were arrested.
“It was frustrating, but at the end of the day, I felt like people understood how I felt,” Banfield-Norris, 67, said.
Though Jada Pinkett Smith’s mom felt Giannulli “handled the situation well,” she said, “There were some things about it that were a little frustrating. I felt like as a 21-year-old young adult, that she needed to be way more aware of what’s going on in the world, and that was a little frustrating.”
Banfield-Norris continued, “I heard people make comments, like, ‘Well, kids don’t watch the news.’ Please. The news on TV is not the only place where you understand what’s going on with the world and if you think that then you’re old! Because young people are not relying on the news — my generation is not relying on the news. I’m on my phone, on social media all the time.”
Ultimately, Banfield-Norris thought Giannulli could benefit from expanding her world view. “There’s just a lot of education she needs to do for herself,” she said. “But I understand that that’s the world they’re in. Her life experiences have not put her in the space where she needs to be concerned about those kinds of things, really. I dont really know how to address that because it is about how you’re raised and what you’re exposed to.”
Giannulli appeared on Red Table Talk earlier this month and spoke to hosts Banfield-Norris, Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith about her white privilege and the aftermath of the arrests of her parents.
Adrienne hit the nail on the head when she said all she needed to say both to and about Olivia during that episode. If you have not, watch it here.