Celebs Who Made Racist Comments About Latinos
Even though we live in a country that protects the freedom of speech, there are certain things that are politically incorrect to say. These famous people came under fire for making racist comments against Latinos and rightly so.
Donald Trump’s run for the presidency is not without controversy. The opinionated businessman has dominated the headlines since he announced his candidacy and right off the bat, he offended Latinos all across the country when he called Mexicans criminals and rapists. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said during a speech. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” In true Trump fashion, he has refused to apologize for his comments.
Kelly Osbourne was trying to make a point about how ignorant Donald Trump’s comments about Mexicans were during a guest appearance on The View when she ended up insulting Hispanics herself. “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?” Osbourne said on the show. “You know what I mean?” Co-host Michelle Collins did her best to clean up Osbourne’s comments and the former “Fashion Police” co-host apologized on Facebook the next day.
Iggy Azalea’s summer hit song “Fancy” helped her become a household name but the Australian rapper ended up facing some backlash after old tweets she published recently surfaced. “Is it wrong I feel happy to hear southern accents again & not Mexican ones?” she said on Twitter. “… I am.” In another tweet she said women in Los Angeles are “stick skinny,” unless they are Mexican, who “still got the box body on lock.” She also made disparaging remarks about Black, Asians and homosexuals. Azalea released a statement of apology over her remarks.
Sean Penn and director Alejandro González Iñárritu share a special relationship, but the rest of us didn’t know that when we were watching the Oscars earlier this year. Penn was tapped to present the award for Best Director and before the “Milk” star announced that Iñárritu had won, he quipped, “Who gave this son of a bitch a green card?” Penn faced criticism afterwards but he refused to apologize because his good friend Iñárritu thought the joke was funny.
Amy Schumer is Hollywood’s “it girl” right now thanks to her recent box office hit “Trainwreck.” But not everyone loves Schumer’s sense of humor. The comedian came under fire over a joke in her stand up routine. “I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual.” Schumer was relentlessly blasted on Twitter and she ended up releasing an apology. “I am taking responsibility and hope I haven’t hurt anyone. I apologize [if] I did.”
Eleven-time New York Times best-seller Ann Coulter makes a living out of spewing hateful rhetoric so it’s no surprise that she made the list. The Adios America author made an appearance on TV’s Fusion to promote her book while offending Mexicans at the same time. “There are cultures that are obviously deficient, and if they weren’t deficient, you wouldn’t be sitting in America interviewing me, I’d be in Mexico,” Coulter said to interviewer Jorge Ramos. “You fled that culture!” When a young man from Honduras asked Coulter about racism in America, she answered, “You’re not Black so drop the racism crap.”
Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. may play a superhero on the silver screen but he needed some saving himself after he put his foot in his mouth earlier this year. The Iron Man star was trying to take a jab at Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for calling superhero movies “cultural genocide.” “For a man whose native tongue is Spanish, to be able to put together a phrase like ‘cultural genocide’ just speaks to how bright he is,” Downey said during an interview with “The Guardian.” A backlash on twitter ensued with many calling Downey insensitive and racist.
Gordan Ramsay may be a famous chef, but he’s far more famous for what comes out of his mouth. The outspoken Brit made an appearance on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show back in 2010 alongside Sofia Vergara. The “Modern Family” star offered Ramsay some dulce de leche. “It tastes like [beep] fudge,” said Ramsay, spitting it out. Vergara appeared genuinely offended and rose from her seat to playfully slap him. Ramsay added, “You can take it back to [beep] Colombia.”
Anti-immigration is a hot button topic every election year especially in the states that are close in proximity to Mexico. Texan U.S. Senate candidate hopeful Chris Mapp made national headlines when he said ranchers should be free to shoot Mexicans crossing into the country illegally. But he used the offensive term “wetbacks” and later defended the word, claiming the use of the racial epithet is as “normal as breathing air in South Texas.”
WWE Randy Orton found out the hard way that it isn’t always a good idea to get into a battle of words with someone over social media. Orton teased a female fan by calling her the Latino Ms. Piggy and tweeted out a photo of the woman to his millions of followers. The woman had met and posed for a photo with the wrestler outside of a gym and had tweeted it herself before Orton shared it with the mean spirited caption. Orton later tweeted he was sorry. “I apologize if any of my previous tweets offended anyone. The answer to bullying isn’t more bullying.”
Billionaire Donald Sterling’s disparaging remarks about Blacks cost him an NBA team last year. A quick look in his background has revealed that the former Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul has a history of making racist comments. He settled a lawsuit back in 2005 that accused him of discriminating against Blacks and Latinos and according to testimony, Sterling complained that the stench from one of his buildings was because of the Black and Latino tenants. “And it’s because of all of the Mexicans that just sit around and smoke and drink all day,” he said. Sterling also settled a housing discrimination suit in 2009.
Miley Cyrus didn’t make a disparaging remark about Latinos but her actions at a concert in Mexico last year were just as bad or perhaps even worse. The “Wrecking Ball” singer was performing in Monterrey, Mexico when she grabbed the Mexican flag and wiped her oversized, prosthetic butt with it. Literally. To make matters worse, it was Mexican Independence Day. Mexican officials were furious and an investigation into the incident was launched. The act of disrespecting a Mexican symbol carries a fine up to about $1200 and three days in jail.