Kelly Osbourne Gets Backlash For Latinos Comment On ‘The View,’ Offers Apology
Kelly Osbourne co-hosted The View Tuesday, and sparked backlash when she weighed in on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s impressive poll numbers despite his alienation of the Latino community.
Kelly Osbourne Latino Gaffe
Osbourne, 30, was referring to Trump’s half-baked immigration policy on the ABC morning show when she quickly realized that she’d made a poor – and offensive – effort at getting her point across
“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. When she realized that her fellow co-hosts weren’t on board with her statement, Osbourne’s confidence was replaced with uncertainty. “You know what I mean?” she asked.
Rosie Perez quickly voiced her displeasure with Osbourne and her comment, telling her, “There’s more jobs than that in the country for Latinos, and Latinos are not the only people who clean toilets.”
Osbourne, trying to save face, interjected, “Come on, you know I would never mean it like that. I’m not part of this argument.”
Michelle Collins then stepped in to try to help Osbourne out of the hole she’d dug for herself, chiming in to say, “I think what you’re trying to say is that Trump probably relies on the people he’s insulting.”
At the end of the show, even Perez came to Osbourne’s defense, saying, “I want to apologize to this young woman once again for being overly sensitive…Kelly Osbourne is on our side, and I was sensitive. My disdain should only go to Donald Trump, so I’m sorry, darling.”
Perez also offered an apology to Osbourne on Twitter.
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) August 4, 2015
Despite getting some reassurance from Perez and Collins that they knew her comment was not indicative of her views, Osbourne took the time to apologize for the inflammatory statement on Facebook.
“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,” Osbourne wrote. “I whole-hearted f–ked up today. I don’t want to bulls–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,” Osbourne added. “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–king toilets.