Kelly Osbourne put her foot in her mouth on "The View," when she tried to offer some insight on Donald Trump's immigration policies:
"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
— Karεn Ciѵil (@KarenCivil) August 4, 2015
If we're going to be very, very generous with Kelly Osbourne, we might assume what she means is many new immigrants (of many nationalities, BTW) often take on jobs that Americans might scorn, or they work for lower wages in terrible conditions if their legal status interferes with the labor protections citizens are entitled to. The way she says it, however, reveals more than she probably intended about her ingrained perceptions when she asks who will clean Donald Trump's toilets when he kicks out all the Latinos.
Rosie Perez shuts her down pretty hard and you can see Kelly's realization that she's made a terrible mistake slowly dawn on her. Rosie wasn't the only person who was like, "What the ever loving f*ck are you talking about?" because the hashtag #QueridaKellyOsbourne was soon trending on Twitter:
Maybe we can let @KellyOsbourne know why she needs to apologize. Starting with an explanation of what latinos do. #QueridaKellyOsbourne
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) August 4, 2015
#queridakellyosbourne I have 1 college degree and that's the least in my immediate family so wuteva
— Arielle Castillo (@ariellec) 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, 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
Much love to two editors reaching out to see if I want to write about starting #QueridaKellyOsbourne. Too bad I'm so busy cleaning toilets.
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) August 5, 2015
That last tweet from the hashtag's originator, Aura Bogado, made me LOL. Kelly Osbourne has since issued a classic non-apology which blames Rosie Perez for cutting her off before she could finish her thought. Was the end of her thought actually,"...Who is going to clean your toilets, practice stem cell research, teach in schools, run businesses, serve in the military, work in the government, make art and music and co-host The View?"
A photo posted by Kelly Osbourne (@kellyosbourne) on
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. I whole-hearted fucked up today. I don't want to bullshit 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. 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 fucking toilets.
Rosie Perez tweeted to Kelly:
My apologies @KellyOsbourne, I took your point wrong-#Trump #Latinos. My bad. You're heart is so pure & righteous. I adore you. @TheView
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) August 4, 2015
"What? Why are you apologizing?" is what most of the responses are to that. When the person who pointed out racism has to apologize for it, you know there was some crazy behind the scenes drama over at The View. Which is weird, because they usually put the drama right out there in front.