Racist? It Depends on Who Says It
When former Apprentice star/multi-million dollar real estate developer Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring in the 2016 presidential race, he spoke in front of a cheering crowd. 'Making America great again' was his theme, and while the audience appreciated his message, the media, and several groups did not appreciate his words. Several media outlets and special interest groups went after Trump, hard. But where are those same media and interest groups now, when celebrity offspring and former Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne makes a blatant racist statement? They are silent . . . of course.
While chatting with the ladies on The View, the topic of Trump's speech came up and guest host Rosie Perez said:
"There are a lot of Latinos here in this country that do agree that the immigration problem is a problem and it does need to be addressed, and it does need [to be] fixed . . ."
Osbourne (who famously left her stint as co-host of E!’s Fashion Police after another co-host, Giuliana Rancic critiqued actress Zendaya’s dreadlocked hair at the Oscars, saying, "I feel like she smells like patchouli oil."), in a bratty-condescending tone, chimed in and said:
"If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilets, Donald Trump?"
The other co-hosts clearly had an issue with the statement but instead of chastising or criticizing Osbourne vis-à-vis Donald Trump, the group tried to make excuses and clarify her statement in an attempt to make it PC.
Perez even posted an apology to Osbourne in a tweet after the show: "My apologies @KellyOsbourne, I took your point wrong-#Trump #Latinos. My bad. You're [sic] heart is so pure & righteous. I adore you. @TheView"
Others on social media were not as empathetic. Former View co-host Sherri Shepherd tweeted, ". . . latinos [sic] can only clean toilets... what are blacks good for? breastfeeding dem babies! Girl what did you just say!"
Puerto Rican professional baseball player Enrique Hernandez was also offended and chimed in on Twitter stating, "Heading to the stadium early so that I can clean the toilets in the clubhouse! Right? @KellyOsbourne."
Osbourne responded to the controversy with a statement on Facebook:
"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 [sic] f *!&@ed up today. I don't want to b*!!s*%@t 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 f*!&@ing toilets."
The Phrase That Ignited A Firestorm
Trump, on the other hand, in his zeal to address America's longstanding immigration problem declared the following in his speech:
"When do we beat Mexico at the border? They're laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.
"The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. . . . It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. (The media tends to omit the "good people" quote.)
"But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.
"It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop, and it’s got to stop fast."
The fallout for Trump has been major. Several companies severed ties with Trump and his organizations, including the following:
- Farouk Systems Inc.
- Jose Andres and Geoffrey Zakarian (ThinkFoodGroup)
- PVH Corp.
Same Offense Different Responses
Is this fair? What are your thoughts?
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