Two more celebrities have rallied around Kelly Osbourne after she apologized for making a disparaging remark about the Latino community.
The View co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Raven-Symoné both defended Osbourne for her gaffe – “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?” – from the previous show Wednesday.
“The point she was actually trying to make was that Donald Trump’s stance on immigration will only end up hurting the people that Donald Trump is counting on,” said Goldberg, 59. “And one of the things that happens on live television is you try to get your point in and you try to hit it, and you sometimes stepped in dog doo. It does not make you a racist. … Sometimes your head works faster than your mouth. It happens.”
“If you’ve ever met a racist, it’s pretty clear,” she added with a chuckle. “They’re pretty clear.”
Symoné, 29, called Osbourne, 30, her best friend, adding, “I don’t think she’d be a racist if she was friends with me.”
“Well, hello. I’m darker than you,” Goldberg joked.
But Nicolle Wallace, who wasn’t present during Tuesday’s panel, questioned whether her co-stars would be so understanding if they didn’t have personal relationships with Osbourne.
“What struck me was that you guys know her heart, and it was so instant that you were able to forgive her, and it made me wonder if we gave that kind of benefit of the doubt to people that we are ideologically opposed to, what a game changer that would be,” said Wallace, 43. “If Ted Cruz said that or Mike Huckabee said that, I can picture all of you looking into the camera saying, ‘I’m going to do something to my toilet, you can clean it.’ ”
Sherri Shepherd, who left The View last year, originally railed against Osbourne on Twitter but later cut her “a little slack.”
“Sometimes isht comes out of your mouth live that you didn’t mean to say,” she Tweeted.