Osbourne took to her Facebook account to publicly apologize for, what has
now become, a highly publicized gaffe.
Criticizing presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s controversial stance on
illegal immigration - and presumably attempting to sound more liberal and
tolerant of illegal immigrants than him - she asked “If you kick every Latino
out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald
Naturally, following her comments, the Internet exploded into a firestorm of
rage rivaled only by the onslaught she reserved for celebrities wearing clothes
she deemed frumpy during her time on E!’ s Fashion Police.
Osbourne quickly turned to her Facebook account as the medium through which
she could apologize and explain her words. The problem, though, is that she did
Below is the text of her post with my own commentary in brackets.
“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.”
[A conditional ‘apology’; never a good start. And denial of being
racist, despite having made remarks indicating that, in her mind, Latinos who
came to the US
do nothing more clean toilets.
Furthermore, taking responsibility for one’s actions, which were
broadcast on live television and saved forever in dozens of YouTube videos, is
pointless. When you’re caught doing something on tape, you needn’t take
responsibility for your actions; the tape is forcing you to do that. It’s not a
responsible or brave step to take.]
I whole-hearted (sic) f—ked up today. I don’t want to bulls—t anyone
with lame excuses.
[Admission of the obvious, followed by a promise not to make any lame
excuses for her offensive comments. This would’ve been fabulous if it hadn’t
actually been followed up by a number of lame excuses for her offensive
Although, I was stopped mid-sentence by Rosie and couldn’t finish my
[which presumably would’ve contextualized and
clarified the seemingly offensive comments?]
I will not let Rosie take responsibility for my words."
[Lame excuse 1: I was interrupted and therefore not able to really
explain what I meant by ‘all Latinos are toilet cleaners’.]
I should have known better as I was on The View
and it was live.
[Lame excuse 2: I was on live TV.
Don’t ask why this makes any difference whatsoever. In fact, if you’d
previously believed that live TV eliminates the possibility of ‘do-overs’ and
therefore tends to showcase a commentators most authentic opinions, Kelly would
like you to know that you’re mistaken].
I’ve learned a very valuable lesson.
[But please don’t ask me what it is.]
It is my hope that this situation will open up a conversation about
immigration and the Latin community as a whole.
[…so that all of the focus on my comments can stop ASAP!]
By the way I clean my own f—king toilets.”
[I’ve been trying desperately to come up with a response that isn’t
slanderous but I just can’t. So let’s just say “Ummm…ok. We believe you.”]
Here’s what Osbourne’s apology doesn’t include:
- An apology.
- An explanation (real or made
up) about why she suggested that all illegal immigrants from Mexico
- A plan of action about how
she is going to do better next time and educate herself.
- A request for forgiveness
from those who were hurt or demeaned by her comments.
This has to be one of the best (read: worst) non-apologies I’ve seen from a
A much better apology would've looked something like this:
“I’m sorry. My comments on today’s edition of The View revealed a side of my
thinking that’s embarrassing and small-minded. I have a lot of work to do to
better understand the realities of the life of illegal immigrants and the
overall contributions of the Latino community. I am ashamed by what I’ve said
and ask forgiveness from everyone I’ve offended.”