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Donald Trump, if you’re looking for an endorsement of your presidential campaign or any help herding immigrants out of the country, look no further than Kelly Osbourne. Because the former reality star and co-host of Fashion Police (Osbourne quit the show because she doesn’t condone racism) inserted her entire leg into her mouth yesterday on The View during the ever-controversial "Hot Topics" segment of the show.
If you missed the racially-charged news, Kelly Osbourne replied to host Rosie Perez’s statement about Donald Trump’s questionable immigration propositions: “There are a lot of Latinos here in this country that do agree that the immigration problem is a problem and it does need to be addressed and it does need to be fixed. But making those comments – those racist comments – does not help.”
On live television, Osbourne responded, “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?” After being [somewhat] interrupted by Perez’s shocked gasp, Osbourne continued, “You know what I mean?”
No, can’t say we do.
“Latinos are not the only people doing that,” Perez scolded the lavender-haired guest. Osbourne quickly quipped, “No, I didn’t mean it like that! Come on! I would never mean it like that. I’m not part of this argument.”
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As expected, social media exploded with rightfully-angered commentary.
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Rewind to February of this year, Kelly Osbourne exited from her longtime gig at E!’s Fashion Police after “racist” remarks made by Giuliana Rancic on the Academy Awards fashion special.
Rancic was comically reviewing Zendaya’s outfit on the Oscars red carpet when she made a flat-falling joke – Zendaya’s dreadlocks look like they smell like “patchouli oil.” Another co-host chimed in saying, “or weed!” although it’s not confirmed who made the weed remark.
The E! show struggled to find steady ground after the matriarch of the show, Joan Rivers, died last year. Although Osbourne remained a co-host on the show alongside Giuliana Rancic, Kathy Griffin and Brad Goreski, the show only lasted on the air for six more weeks.
Zendaya tweeted immediately after the special aired and accused Rancic of being racist and “outrageously offensive” and in turn, Osbourne quit the show following host Kathy Griffin’s exit for the same reason.
Prior to her official departure, Osbourne tweeted multiple times. “I DID NOT MAKE THE WEED COMMENT. I DO NOT CONDONE RACISM SO AS A RSULT OF THIS IM SEREIOUSLY QUESTIONONIG STAYING ON THE SHOW!”
Zendaya has not spoken out since her friend Kelly really stepped in it with the racially-fired controversy.
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After Osbourne swiftly threw Rancic under the bus, she stood firm ground that Rancic’s comments were racist and offensive. Viewers of the show and fans of both parties quickly noticed their once-tight bond was demolished post show.
Not unfamiliar to many folks in Hollywood, Rancic took off on the apology tour, beginning with her on-air apology on E! News the following night. Since the storm has passed for Rancic, she and Osbourne have called it quits on their friendship.
Since Osbourne’s daytime comments, fans have been irking Rancic to comment on the karma that has been served on a silver platter. Rancic responded to the remarks by throwing subtle but classy shade that got her revengeful message across.
“The comments Kelly Osbourne said on live television speak for themselves.” Burn!
The E! star continued, “I don’t think I need to comment. I’ve got to take the high road on this.”
Rancic might be staying mum, but other celebs are not.
Formerly on The View as a co-host, Sherri Shepherd tweeted, “oooh Lawd @KellyOsbourne latinos can only clean toilets… what are blacks good for? Breastfeeding dem babies! Girl what did you just say!”
Azealia Banks chimed in, “I actually like Kelly Osbourne but girl …. NOOOOOONO NO NO NO NO.”
Later on Banks oisted on Twitter, “The reason why it’s wrong for white people to make any comment on the socio-economic status of any other racial group IS ….. Because the America dream rests on and is supported by SYSTEMATICALLY OPRESSED UNDERCLASS. It’s always has and always we’ll be.”
Other celebrities in the Latino community like Mario Lopez and Enrique Hernandez took their disdain to social media blasting Osbourne, but in a surprising twist, Rosie Perez APOLOGIZED to Osbourne post-scandal.
“My apologies @KellyOsbourne, I took your point wrong - #Trump #Lations. My bad. You’re heart is so pure & righteous. I adore you.”
But Perez’s fans weren’t pleased with Perez’s sympathetic tone. And in turn, Perez clarified, “I tweeted at #KellyOsbourne in an effort to help keep her from spiraling after her unfortunate comment. I went overboard with my apology - #mybad. But I don’t apologize for speaking up and calling her on it – mistake or not, it was offensive. And please don’t ever question my support for mi gente [my people]… Ever.”
So, where is Osbourne’s owed apology? It’s not the rosy and sorrowful statement you might expect. In fact, people are calling out Osbourne even more for her insensitive and insincere remorse.
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In a Facebook post, Osbourne wrote the following: "I want to start by saying I ALWAYS take responsibility for my actions. In this particular case I will take responsibility for my poor choice of words but I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT. I whole-hearted f*cked up today. I don’t want to bullsh*t anyone with lame excuses. Although, I was stopped mid-sentence by Rosie and couldn’t finish my point I will not let Rosie take responsibility for my words. I should have known better as I was on The View and it was live. I’ve learned a very valuable lesson. It is my hope that this situation will open up a conversation about immigration and the Latin community as a whole. By the way I clean my own f*cking toilets."
While we know Osbourne may not exactly be taking tips from Rancic, she probably could have taken note of the host's more genuine apology. Also, Rancic managed to use the F word a little less.
So is Kelly Osbourne a racist? Probably not. And in fact, Whoopi Goldberg stands by Osbourne and claims, “If you’ve ever met a racist, it’s pretty clear. They’re pretty clear.”