Resurfaced Clip Shows Sharon Osbourne Saying Meghan Markle 'Ain't Black'
Written by Black Voices on March 17, 2021
A resurfaced clip exhibiting Sharon Osbourne offensively commenting on Meghan Markle’s Blackness has surfaced on-line this week as “The Speak” co-host faces accusations of constructing racist and homophobic feedback directed at her former colleagues.
Journalist Yashar Ali, who printed a report on allegations surrounding Osbourne’s conduct towards her previous co-hosts on Tuesday, additionally posted a Twitter thread on Saturday that included an previous clip of Osbourne speaking concerning the Duchess of Sussex on “The Speak.”
Within the clip, which was reportedly filmed in 2018, co-host Sheryl Underwood may be heard saying Meghan introduced “Blackness to the royal household,” to which Osbourne replies: “She ain’t Black.”
After Underwood and Eve rapidly responded to Osbourne, correcting her that the duchess is a Black biracial lady whose mom is Black (Meghan’s father is white), Osbourne doubled down on her comment and fired again at her Black co-hosts.
“Yeah, no, I do know, however she doesn’t look Black,” she mentioned.
“To who?” Eve and Underwood questioned in unison.
“To anyone,” Osbourne may be heard responding amid chatter.
Eve then identified that “Black individuals are available in all shades” earlier than she ended the dialogue. The previous co-host conveyed that such a fancy dialog surrounding pores and skin complexions and Blackness deserved to be dealt with in a different way.
“That’s a complete dialogue we don’t must have,” Eve mentioned.
A consultant of CBS didn’t instantly return a request for touch upon the resurfaced clip.
Osbourne was broadly criticized final week after she fiercely defended her longtime good friend Piers Morgan, who solid doubt on and dismissed the revelations in Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7. Throughout that interview, the duchess shared her expertise of coping with racism, and revealed that she had contemplated suicide throughout her time as a working royal.
Throughout a tense trade on “The Speak,” when Underwood requested Osbourne about her protection of Morgan, a visibly agitated Osbourne put the onus on her co-host to “educate” her on how Morgan’s relentless assaults on Meghan might be deemed as racist.
Osbourne then issued an apology on social media addressed to “anybody of coloration” the next day, writing that she “panicked, felt blindsided” and “obtained defensive” resulting from a worry of “being accused of being racist.”
After Osbourne’s trade with Underwood aired final week, she has since been publicly accused of constructing racist feedback about her former co-host Holly Robinson Peete and for utilizing racial slurs and homophobic feedback to seek advice from her former co-hosts Sara Gilbert and Julie Chen. Ali’s report detailing these allegations cited a number of unnamed sources, together with former co-host of “The Speak” Leah Remini, who spoke on the report within the article.
Osbourne’s publicist Howard Bragman launched a press release denying the allegations to Ali, calling the accusations “lies” and a “recasting of historical past.”
Throughout an interview with “Leisure Tonight” on Tuesday, Osbourne claimed that she was blindsided by Underwood’s questions on Morgan final week, saying that she was “arrange” and never correctly prepped for the query – which she mentioned is the standard observe.
She referred to as herself a “sacrificial lamb.”
CBS introduced Tuesday that “The Speak” will stay on hiatus for an additional week, after the community initially mentioned the present would shut down for Monday and Tuesday because it look into Underwood and Osbourne’s trade.
The community launched the next assertion concerning the present’s continued hiatus on Tuesday to Deadline:
CBS is dedicated to a various, inclusive and respectful office throughout all of our productions. We’re additionally very conscious of the necessary issues expressed and discussions going down concerning occasions on The Speak. This features a course of the place all voices are heard, claims are investigated and applicable motion is taken the place mandatory. The present will lengthen its manufacturing hiatus till subsequent Tuesday as we proceed to assessment these points.
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