Kelly Osbourne recently attempted to join the chorus of voices condemning Donald Trump’s discriminatory comments about Latino immigrants. On the Tuesday, August 4, 2015, episode of the popular daytime talk show, The View, Osbourne, who was a guest co-host, mangled her attack on Trump over race issues by uttering the following statement: “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?” Many, including her fellow co-hosts and users on various social media platforms, were shocked and offended by her words.
In late February 2015, the TV personality herself denounced fellow Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic’s off-color, seemingly racially-motivated comments about the Oscar’s red carpet look of Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman. Days after threatening to leave her job on Fashion Police because of Rancic’s remarks, for which the other woman later apologized, she quit the show. No official reason was given for her departure.
Regarding The View debacle, the reality star apologized for her remarks on her Facebook page a few hours after the show. She said that she took responsibility for “my poor choice of words but I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT.” It remains to be seen whether the mangled attack on Trump over race issues will have long-term negative effects on the career of Osbourne.
In what may be described as an unexpected and final twist ending to the disastrous TV appearance, Rosie Perez, a Latina actress and full time co-host of The View, reached out to the guest host via social media and told her that she understood that no offense was intended. In response, the young TV personality told Perez that she understood why the comment had bothered her and that Perez did not need to apologize for her reaction.
Many in both the mainstream and social media were surprised by this move on Perez’s part. Some said that this was typical of the way Hollywood deals with race, wherein the offended (Perez) is forced to take responsibility for hurting the offender’s (Osbourne’s) feelings. Perez may have forgiven Osbourne for her mangled attack on Trump’s controversial views over race, but by doing so, she may have made it easier for the rest of America to do the same. If Osbourne is able to learn from her mistake, she will become one of the people who grow from such a misstep. Otherwise, she may turn into one of those celebrities with no internal censor who keeps making a new version of the same error.
Opinion by Martina Robinson
Edited by Jennifer Pfalz
E-online: Kelly Osbourne to Donald Trump: If You Kick All Latinos Out of America, Who Is Going to Clean Your Toilets?
Washington Post: Zendaya Blasts ‘Fashion Police’ Host Giuliana Rancic’s ‘Ignorant’ Red Carpet Diss
Washington Post: Kelly Osbourne Quits ‘Fashion Police’ Days After Giuliana Rancic’s Controversial Zendaya Comments
Facebook: Kelly Osbourne’s Official Facebook Page
Huffington Post: Kelly Osbourne: I’m Not Racist, I Just ‘Whole-Hearted F**ked Up Today’
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