Kelly Osbourne has opened up about a racial debate that took place in The View back in 2015. The controversy broke out after the TV star joked that Latinos are exclusively suited for one type of low-end job, which immediately sparked a heated debate.
While discussing Donald Trump’s pledge to deport Mexican immigrants back to their native country, Kelly was caught saying: “If you kick every Latino out of this country, who’s going to clean your toilets, Donald Trump?”
Panelist Rosie Perez was quick to step in, replying: “There’s more jobs than that in the country for Latinos and Latinos are not the only people who clean toilets.”
The 32-year-old star then attempted to clear up the air by adding: “No, I didn’t mean it like that! Come on! I would never mean it like that! I’m not part of this argument.” And although the two ladies came to terms by the end of the show, the statement still managed to backfire and quickly went viral.
Kelly describes the incident as one of the hardest episodes in her life to date, but felt it was necessary to explain her position better in the new book.
She explained to Entertainment Weekly: “I’m a little bit scared about what people are going to say. And I do address the whole ‘View’ issue, and how that has affected my life forever. I still hate myself for it, because if it was me, watching someone else say it on television, I’d hate them. But the fact is, I got cut off.
No matter what I was going to say, people are not going to believe it anyway. I know my true intentions behind it, but like I say in my book, the mistake I made was to fall back on witty sarcasm, and you can’t do that when you’re talking about race, especially in this country.
In my way of trying to defend a community of people that I do truly love, I managed to insult an entire race of people in this country. The fact that if you type in ‘Kelly Osbourne’ [into Google], the first thing that comes up is ‘racist’ just kills me.”
The new memoir, titled There is No F***ing Secret, also shares various stories about her life through a series of letters.
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