Kathy Hilton caught heat after “mistaking” Lizzo for Precious actress Gabourey Sidibe.
On Thursday, Hilton appeared on Watch What Happens Live and host Andy Cohen asked Hilton to play the segment “Will! Kathy! Know Them?”
During the segment, she was shown a picture of Lizzo and asked if she named the celebrity by face, to which she said, “I feel like I do. Precious?”
Kathy Hilton calls Lizzo “PRECIOUS” pic.twitter.com/uF3oGgeR8G
— MakeItOrBreakIt336(Podcast) (@MakeItOrBreak16) August 12, 2022
When a clip of Hilton’s segment went viral, social media users did what they do best, drag the clueless woman.
Kathy Hilton mistaking Lizzo for Precious ain’t funny to me Idc pic.twitter.com/BTF1wORlej
— passenger seat princess ✨ (@_petrichorrrr) August 11, 2022
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
There’s nothing funny about Kathy Hilton calling Lizzo ‘Precious.’
— t’mar. (he/they) (@shaktischild) 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
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
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On Thursday, she shared her excuse for the Sidibe confusion.
“The screen was so far away, and my vision is terrible,” she wrote in Instagram comments. “If you recall, I… couldn’t even make out who Justin Timberlake or Melissa Etheridge was.”
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The 2009 film Precious follows an overweight teen mom seeking a better life for her child. Sibide was nominated for an Oscar for her role.