Lizzo instructed her listeners “you’re special,” however Kathy Hilton mentioned the Grammy-winning singer is “Precious.” As in, the titular character performed by Gabourey Sidibe in Lee Daniels’ 2009 movie.
The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star mistook the Yitty shapewear founder for Sidibe’s character throughout Wednesday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.”
Joined by co-star Crystal Kung Minkoff, Hilton participated in a spherical of “Will Kathy Know Them?,” a recreation the place she needed to identify the celebrities Cohen confirmed her. When Lizzo’s image got here up, Cohen requested Hilton if she acknowledged the musician.
“I feel like I do,” she mentioned, earlier than pausing to make her guess. “Precious?”
Cohen was fast to appropriate Hilton, whereas Minkoff and different members of the “WWHL” staff laughed on the gaffe. Hilton mentioned “I don’t know her,” and Minkoff tried to play off her co-star’s flub.
“She is precious, though. Lizzo is precious,” Minkoff mentioned.
Like clockwork, social media lit up on Wednesday, with commenters appalled by Hilton’s confusion over the 2 Black ladies.
“Kathy Hilton did not just call Lizzo precious,” tweeted @HisEvilTwinAD.
One other Twitter consumer known as Hilton’s mistake “mad disrespectful, racist, and fatphobic.”
“Precious,” which gained two Oscars in 2010, adopted Sidibe’s chubby teen mother as she seeks a greater life for her youngster. Sidibe obtained an Oscar nomination for her efficiency, and her co-star Mo’Nique gained the Academy Award for supporting actress.
In mild of the criticism, Hilton responded Thursday and defined why she made the blunder.
“The screen was so far away and my vision is terrible,” she wrote within the feedback part of the @QueensofBravo Instagram account. “If you recall, I… couldn’t even make out who Justin Timberlake or Melissa Etheridge was.”
Instagram customers weren’t having her excuse.
“Ok glasses and laser eye surgery are well within your budget Kathy. This ‘my eyes are bad’ excuse is getting old,” commented consumer @michelleeeallthetime.
Different “Real Housewives” followers supported Hilton, citing earlier incidents.
“Let her live for goodness sake! She thought Garcelle [Beauvais] was her own sister,” commented an Instagram fan.
Lizzo, alternatively, didn’t appear too bothered by Hilton’s slip-up, posting vacation pictures Thursday on Twitter with the cheeky caption, “Meanwhile…”