Kathy Hilton Is Facing A Lot Of Backlash After She Referred To Lizzo As The Fictional Character Precious

Kathy Hilton Is Facing A Lot Of Backlash After She Referred To Lizzo As The Fictional Character Precious
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Kathy Hilton Is Facing A Lot Of Backlash After She Referred To Lizzo As The Fictional Character Precious

"Precious isn't even a real person!"

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It looks like Kathy Hilton is stirring up drama, both on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and in real life.


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While appearing on Watch What Happens Live last night, Kathy played a game of Will Kathy Know Them? to see which popular celebrities she's familiar with.



During the game, host Andy Cohen showed an image of award-winning artist Lizzo.


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"I feel like I do," Kathy said before taking a guess. "Precious?"


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Kathy was referring to the fictional character from the 2009 film Precious, starring award-winning actor Gabourey Sidibe.


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After this remark, host Andy Cohen, RHOBH costar and fellow guest Crystal Kung Minkoff, and the WWHL bartenders can all be seen and heard laughing at Kathy's obvious mistake.


Personally, I didn't find it funny at all. Especially because there's a narrative that's been around since slavery that "all Black people look alike." The stereotype has followed other minority groups as well under the white gaze.


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In my opinion, the women don't look similar at all. Lizzo and Precious — who, again, isn't a real person — or should I say Gabourey, the actress who played Precious, only share two physical traits: They're both plus-size and Black.

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Still seemingly unaware of the mistake she made, Kathy later admitted, "I don't know her."


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In an attempt to save her costar from embarrassment, Crystal playfully added, "Lizzo's precious though. Lizzo's precious."


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"That's what I call her," Kathy said. "Her nickname's Precious to me."


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Listen, it's okay if Kathy doesn't know who Lizzo is. I'm sure she wasn't intentionally trying to offend anyone, but it seems the only reason she chose Precious was because she's another plus-size Black woman.


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Well, the clip didn't take long to go viral on the internet, and a lot of people on Twitter weren't too happy about it:

kwBt3bFg_normal.jpg Mark @M4RKDUFFY

Kathy Hilton confusing Lizzo with Precious on #WWHL…

02:16 AM - 11 Aug 2022

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