Kathy Hilton of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame has found her name embroiled in a controversy, albeit one of her own makings undoubtedly. The 63-year-old star has messed up big time now, and she knows it. She will now know that being ignorant of the world around you is a big problem in our modern society. On the set of Watch What Happens Live, hosted by Andy Cohen, she had to put her knowledge to the test. She failed miserably and is now in the eye of the storm.
Kathy Hilton messes up big-time
In the talk show, Kathy Hilton had to put her celebrity knowledge to the test in a segment of the talk show, Will Kathy Know Them? When asked who the celebrity visible on the screen was, Hilton made big mistakes, not being able to identify known celebrities like Ryan Reynolds, Melissa Etheridge, and Justin Timberlake. But these mistakes are not beyond redemption. It was when she was quizzed about the identity of Lizzo that things got a little problematic.
When Lizzo’s image popped up on the screen, Hilton expressed that she had an idea about who she was. Not having any idea, she suggested, “Precious?” What followed was a moment of awkward silence, followed by laughter from Hilton’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-star, Crystal Kung Minkoff, who later covertly corrected her co-star, saying, “She is precious, though. Lizzo is precious.” She meant Precious star, Gabourey Sidibe.
Hilton chimed in, “That’s what I call her! Her nickname is Precious, to me.” But the damage had been done.
Twitter Calls Kathy Hilton racist
Fans were livid at Kathy Hilton. They thought that her act of confusing one Black public figure for another showed how prejudiced she is. And she has faced unending online backlash for the same. Fans contended that the Grammy award-winning star is in no way similar to Gabourey Sidibe. And any confusion on her part between the two shows how racist Hilton is.
If Kathy Hilton thought Lizzo was Precious (a fictional character from a movie which was adapted from a book by the same name) then she's either:
1. A liar.
2. A lying idiot
4. A lying, racist, idiot.
— laura Baker (@lauraBa29728069) August 11, 2022
Kathy Hilton mistaking Lizzo for being ‘Precious’ played by Gabby Sidibe is reason black women have to work twice as hard.
— Bre Reshone 🐩⚜️ (@Labreezeiana) August 11, 2022
She was also criticized by E! host Nina Parker, who took to Twitter and said:
Black women are not here to be the butt of your jokes. TF is this??? https://t.co/y92UynTdkF
— Nina Parker (@theninaparker) August 11, 2022
Kalen Allen also criticized the actress on Twitter.
When Precious came out, a lot of people used the character’s name as a derogatory label to fuel their fatphobia and to bully. So no, I don’t think that it’s funny that Lizzo, home minding her own business, had to watch herself be called Precious in front of millions on live tv.
— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) August 11, 2022
I know and 💜 Lizzo, didn't know who tf a Kathy Hilton was till today. I see she is just another bitter racist who thinks disrespect is funny. Since I'm in a positive mood I'm going back to not caring about Kathy and listening to Lizzo as I write.
— Tynisa Thee Cynical Gen X Witch Walker (@Kalarigamerchic) August 11, 2022
Not Racist, Just Blind
But some fans pointed out that Kathy is not racist or fatphobic, she’s just outright clueless. Not being able to identify Lizzo, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake, or even Melissa Etheridge, who acts in the same show as her, shows how unaware she is, with one fan venturing as far as to call her blind.
Kathy Hilton has given MANY signs over the years of being practically blind. And now somehow mistaking Lizzo for Precious is some sort of racist thing??? GTFO
She mistook Garcelle for her white sister once while standing a few feet away. Get over it, not everything is malicious.
— Alpha Xena (@alphaxena7) August 11, 2022
— Chubby Lori Harvey👑 (@sammimavertto) August 11, 2022
Meanwhile, some fans may have given Hilton the clean chit, but have criticized Andy Cohen and Crystal Kung Minkoff for their laughter.
Super model Precious Lee and musical artist Lizzo are gorgeous women who look strikingly similar. @KathyHilton was not disparaging either one of these icons but Crystal and @Andy's protracted laughter was mean-spirited and childish. #RHOBH pic.twitter.com/vWDyZKhlBf
— Get Me Off This Fucking Planet (@GMOTFP) August 11, 2022
It remains to be seen how Kathy Hilton deals with this uproar.
Source: USA Today