Karma Coming Heavy: Kelly Osbourne Asks If Latinos Were Deported Who Will Clean Your Toilets?
Giuliana Rancic is somewhere laughing her head off right now. During a recent appearance on “The View,” her former “Fashion Police” co-host Kelly Osbourne put her foot all the way in her mouth in an attempt to scold Donald Trump for his ignorant and racist comments against Latinos in this country.
In a clip that’s already beginning to circulate around the internet, Osbourne said, “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet Donald Trump.”
With Rosie Perez sitting on the panel, the reaction was swift.
There were moans and groans of disappointment before Osbourne tried to explain: “In the sense that…you know what I mean? What I’m saying is, in L.A., they always…”
But the damage had already been done.
Rosie countered, naturally, that Latinos aren’t the only people who clean toilets in this country.
And Osbourne probably beginning to realize the error in her ways said sympathetically, “No, that’s not what I’m saying.”
Ooo girl. This is a failure of epic portions. It really is all bad.
I’m not going to be quick to write homegirl off as a racist. Buuuuuut, if we were to look at this comment in isolation, it’s racist as all hell. And if I were Osbourne, I would be trying to do some serious soul searching to try and figure out what mental lack would cause me to say something like that. To immediately associate Latinos with cleaning toilets is severely screwed up and I really don’t know what she might have been trying to say with this particular word choice
It’s bad, real bad.
In fact, on the scale of racially offensive, it’s much worse than what Giuliana Rancic said about Zendaya’s faux locs.
As unfortunate as this is for Kelly Osbourne, I can’t help but get a little chuckle out of this because Osbourne represents so many White people in our society. There are quite a few White people who think they get it. They believe they sympathize with minorities, understand White privilege and will even come to the aid of their friends who have been made the pit of some off color joke. But in the right conversation, whether public or private, their own mouths will betray their deepest, truest feelings.
And I’m not saying that as a way to condemn White folks who are trying to do and better.
I see this as karma showing Kelly that while she was so ready to drag Rancic for her comments, there is some work she still has to do for herself.