Did Kelly Osbourne out-Trump Donald Trump in offending Latinos?
Kelly Osbourne took on presidential candidate Donald Trump’s xenophobic comments about Mexican immigrants on “The View” Tuesday — and then unthinkingly doubled-down on them.
“The View” panelist Rosie Perez had said that many Latinos agree that there are problems with American immigration policies, but Trump’s “racist comments” — he characterized Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists — “don’t help.” Osbourne then agreed: “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”
Osbourne quickly backpedaled as Perez and other hosts objected to Osbourne’s blanket characterization: “No, I didn’t mean it like that! Come on! I would never mean it like that! I’m not part of this argument.” The women buried the hatched by the end of the episode: “My disdain should go to only Donald Trump, so I’m sorry, darling,” Perez told Osbourne.
Later Tuesday, she took to Facebook to apologize again: “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 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 [expletive deleted] toilets.”
Trump has yet to respond.
Ironically, Osbourne had a very public falling-out with her then-“Fashion Police” colleague Giuliana Rancic earlier this year after Rancic made an offensive remark about Osbourne’s dreadlocked friend Zendaya, who is biracial, saying the actress looks like she “smells like patchouli oil, or maybe weed.”
Osbourne tweeted “I DO NOT CONDONE RACISM,” after the remark, and even though Rancic apologized, Osbourne quit the show.