Kelly Osbourne Is Feeling the Wrath of the Internet After a Racist Comment on “The View”

By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)

When Ozzy Osbourne says something outrageous or controversial, he has a built-in excuse – guy’s out of his mind. But what will be his daughter Kelly’s explanation for this comment she made on The View Tuesday morning?

In case you didn’t catch it, the show was in the middle of a discussion about Donald Trump’s comments that illegal immigrants should not be allowed in the U.S., and Kelly offered this take: “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”

She probably realized how stupid it was to say that when she was met with silence from the audience. Seemed like she was expecting a standing ovation.

She undoubtedly was trying to make a bigger point about cheap labor in the U.S. and how Trump has plenty of it to maintain his properties, but to generalize all Latin Americans into that category was clearly insensitive and racist. Even if she didn’t mean it that way, when you say things like that you are bound to face millions of angry viewers, and it’s hard to have sympathy when that happens.

Kelly has yet to publicly respond to the controversy she’s brought on herself, but the person she was talking to when she made the comment, Rosie Perez, defended her and even apologized herself! So Kelly must have had a mea culpa in private.

Nonetheless, Kelly is now feeling the wrath of social media and “social justice warriors” who will act outraged over people’s offensive comments, only to forget all about the story the next day and move on to the next controversy.

Internet outrage may not always be as genuine or warranted, but this is how it goes in this day and age: you make one stupid comment and the internet blows up your whole life.

On her Facebook page, it’s a mixed bag of outrage and support from racists who agreed with her. But predictably, on Twitter it’s outrage on top of outrage with a little snark thrown in.

To be fair, part of the reason Kelly is getting so much flak for her perceived racism is that was the very reason she quit another show in 2011. So it will be interesting to see how she spins this one.

It’s an interesting phenomenon, internet outrage. It’s the “mob mentality” boiled down to its crudest form. It’s so easy to latch onto the trending topic that everyone’s raging over, and to forget that people are people and they say stupid things they don’t mean sometimes. I think Kelly made a really stupid comment, but I also think she deserves a second chance.

But no, on the internet the mob is out for blood and won’t stop until Kelly loses all of her jobs and endorsements over this one badly misguided remark. And the problem isn’t reserved for famous people – PR rep Justine Sacco infamously made a single bad joke and subsequently got her life ruined via Twitter and internet activists.

We’ll see how this one comment affects Kelly’s career and life – but as with most cases, it depends on how she responds.

UPDATE: Kelly Osbourne has posted her “apology” on Facebook:

(Photo credit: Kelly Osbourne/Facebook) (Photo credit: Kelly Osbourne/Facebook)


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