Kelly Osbourne tried to show her disdain for Donald Trump and his racist comments, but her choice of words left a bitter taste in Latinos’ mouths.
Kelly Osbourne and the rest of the ladies on The View were discussing Trump and his apparent lead in the polls. In a bid to make a point, Osbourne rhetorically asked, “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) August 4, 2015
The presidential hopeful had previously made the controversial remarks that illegal immigrants from Mexico are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
The View’s other hosts were clearly surprised and immediately tried to do some damage control by trying to prevent Osbourne from explaining further. Rosie Perez, in particular, immediately interrupted the Fashion Police star by pointing out that “Latinos are not the only people who clean toilets.”
Perez, who comes from a Puerto Rican family, then added that there were a lot of Latinos in the U.S. “that do agree that the immigration problem is a problem and it does need to be addressed and it does need to be fixed.” She also pointed out that comments like the one that Osbourne made are not helping.
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) August 4, 2015
Osbourne tried to clarify things and said that that wasn’t what she meant.
“No, I didn’t mean it like that, come on,” Osbourne said. “I would never mean it like that! I’m not part of this argument.”
As expected, a lot of Latinos were outraged by Osbourne’s statements and immediately took to social media to call her out.
Using the hashtag #QueridaKellyOsbourne (Dear Kelly Osbourne), people were soon tweeting about how their mothers worked as housekeepers to give their children better lives. There were also others who proudly stated that they were children of domestic workers who learned the value of hard work through their parents.
#QueridaKellyOsbourne my mama scrubbed toilets to the stars & raised a visual journalist/entrepreneur. Thank you for your non-apology.
— Susana Sanchez (@designingchica) August 5, 2015
You don’t have to say slurs to be racist. Racism can be thinking an entire group of ppl exist solely to service you. #QueridaKellyOsbourne
— Sleepy Spice (@Feministfists) August 5, 2015
#QueridaKellyOsbourne domestic labor done by latin@, Asian immigrants and black American women made possible the white feminist movement.
— abstinent attitude (@PalmTreesnGz) August 4, 2015
#QueridaKellyOsbourne my mom scrubbed toilets and raised other people’s kids so that her 3 daughters could go to college
— Rosas (@eshyera) August 4, 2015
#QueridaKellyOsbourne both of my parents have scrubbed toilets for a restaurant that they are the proud owners of for 21 years
— N. (@PalaciosNatasha) August 4, 2015
#queridakellyosbourne You quit a show because your co-host said something racist about Zendaya to prove you don’t condone racism..
— vane (@MartinezVan) August 4, 2015
For her part, the purple-haired daughter of Ozzy Osbourne also took to social media to apologize for her remarks.
Writing on her Facebook page, Osbourne stated that she “ALWAYS” takes responsibility for her 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,” she wrote. “I whole-hearted[ly] f**ed up today.”
Osbourne also said that while she wasn’t able to finish her point because Perez stopped her, she “will not let Rosie take responsibility” for her words.
— Kerri Lyn (@GoddessKerriLyn) August 5, 2015
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