"If you kick all Latinos out of this country, who is going to be cleaning your toilet Donald Trump" - Kelly Osbourne pic.twitter.com/a7Ylz4Elu2— Kar?n Ci?il (@KarenCivil) August 4, 2015
In a snarky attempt to call out Donald Trump’s racism, Kelly Osbourne ended up looking like the racially insensitive one.
On Tuesday mornings airing of The View, co-host Osbourne tried to make a politically profound statement, but failed miserably instead reveling her own racial biases and stereotyping.
Osbourne, with some angsty bite, asked the rhetorical question, "If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?"
Co-host Rosie Perez immediately took offense of the remark, which led Osbourne on a sorry trail to salvage her words playing up her internal racism as some kind of unfortunate misunderstanding. Thankfully, she was cut off before it could really blow up in her face.
And while Perez wasn’t having any of Osbourne’s blatant generalization that all Latinos clean toilets, neither was Twitter.
The fact that Kelly Osbourne's statement is being defended shows how racial prejudice is institutionalized. #QueridaKellyOsbourne.— Mr. Blacksburg (@CoreyMiles__) August 4, 2015
#QueridaKellyOsbourne, migrant people are more than their labor.— Concepción Lara (@lowsell) August 4, 2015
#QueridaKellyOsbourne I come from a proud family of Cuban immigrants. They had six dollars to their name and dreams far from Trump's toilet.— Stephanie Porcell (@stephporcell) August 4, 2015
#queridakellyosbourne domestic workers are not robots. They also fight for labor rights bc employers have often exploited them.— abstinent attitude (@PalmTreesnGz) August 4, 2015
Perez tried to stop the firestorm of criticism on Twitter, but the damage had already been done.
Osbourne apologized later Tuesday for her misstep.
Osbourne’s gaffe is far off from Trump’s assumption that all Mexicans are rapists, but her words speak to the larger point of stereotyping and generalizing an entire ethnicity. By feeding into white privilege and LA-elitist culture, Osbourne ignorantly believes that the only thing Latinos are good for are to do our dirty work — and that's her argument for keeping them in the country.
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