Earlier this week, British television personality Piers Morgan provoked widespread backlash when he repeatedly dismissed Meghan Markle's claims the royal family exhibited racist attitudes and behaviors toward her and brushed off her suicidal depression.
Now days later, the saga continues, this time because Sharon Osbourne picked up the baton. Like Morgan, she went on to endure her own swell of backlash.
Osbourne's dicey PR week all began when she tweeted her support for Piers Morgan and his comments about Markle.
. @piersmorgan I am with you. I stand by you. People forget that you’re paid for your opinion and that you’re just speaking your truth.— Sharon Osbourne (@Sharon Osbourne)1615316276.0
People who saw Osbourne's tweet showered her with criticism.
@MrsSOsbourne his truth is calling a suicidal woman a liar after harassing her in the press for years Sharon. how p… https://t.co/oml8lH7yya— Beth McColl (@Beth McColl)1615318034.0
@MrsSOsbourne @piersmorgan I may not agree with what you say, sir, but I will defend to the death your right to cal… https://t.co/CvBJtNsxdi— James Felton (@James Felton)1615318811.0
@MrsSOsbourne @piersmorgan Sometimes someone's truth is that they are a massive misogynistic bellend that rubbishes… https://t.co/7Prs2waq0c— Rosie Holt (@Rosie Holt)1615319294.0
@MrsSOsbourne @piersmorgan Abuse isn't opinion. Racism and sexism aren't opinions. They are discrimination. Piers i… https://t.co/eP3Ux4dc1W— Karma has a name: Merrick Garland. (@Karma has a name: Merrick Garland.)1615321146.0
Morgan, however, was more of a fan of Osbourne's tweet.
When stuff like this happens, true friends run towards you, fake friends run away. I love Sharon Osbourne because s… https://t.co/IEhLIMNZof— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1615413233.0
The heat on Osbourne only turned up when things left the internet realm and got real during an appearance on The Talk, the daytime round table discussion show Osbourne co-hosts.
Osbourne drew attention to her controversy when she lamented at the backlash she'd been receiving since she posted the tweet supporting Morgan's misogyny, racism and bullying.
Casting herself as the victim, she said:
"I feel even like I'm about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist."
"How can I be racist about anybody or anything in my life?"
"Educate me. Tell me when you have heard him say racist things!"
In response, fellow host Sheryl Underwood, who is Black, took a moment to deliver an on-air schooling, explaining to Osbourne why everyone was so upset.
"It is not the exact words of racism, it's the implication and the reaction to it—to not want to address that because [Meghan Markle] is a Black woman and to try and dismiss it or make it seem less than what it is, that's what makes it racist."
Osbourne repeatedly interrupted Underwood's comments and demanded she not cry:
"Don't try and cry, because if anyone should be crying, it should be me."
Once that clip kicked around the internet, even more people came out to criticize not only Osbourne's stance on the issue, but her tone anx behavior as well.
The fact that white women can behave like this routinely in a place of work and still be free of any ridicule of th… https://t.co/yzi7hmHzX0— Blk Girl Culture (@Blk Girl Culture)1615476220.0
@blkgirlculture @sherylunderwood @ElaineWelteroth When you don't correct your racist friend words and action you ar… https://t.co/OGhPniAlFi— Takeitish (@Takeitish)1615475965.0
@blkgirlculture @sherylunderwood @ElaineWelteroth Shes been a loyalist all her life, she admitted it. She's a part… https://t.co/Q6zhAklaRT— Me In The City (@Me In The City)1615472626.0
@blkgirlculture @sherylunderwood @ElaineWelteroth https://t.co/mc3g4K31Hr— Jasmine🌸 (@Jasmine🌸)1615478800.0
Eventually, the public sentiment pushed Osbourne to issue the following apology, which she tweeted.
For many, Osbourne's message was not adequate to grant her the automatic absolution she seems to want.
@MrsSOsbourne Have you apologised to Sheryl?!— machine gun Kele (@machine gun Kele)1615547512.0
@MrsSOsbourne You should also apologize to your co-hosts on air, since you dismissed and derided them on air.… https://t.co/7DSIyg8QbM— Lisa Bee (@Lisa Bee)1615559690.0
@MrsSOsbourne Still so stuck on explaining and defending then just simply saying “I’m sorry for my condescension and rudeness”— #DefundtheGOP (@#DefundtheGOP)1615571704.0
@MrsSOsbourne You weaponised your whiteness, White woman's tears with such arrogance in your ignorance of racism as… https://t.co/nllW38aBWG— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu)1615549575.0
@MrsSOsbourne You NEED to read White Fragility by @RobinDiAngelo! Your “white woman tears”, your immediate dismissa… https://t.co/iQUr6UUSWe— MzB! A Delicate MF’in Flower!™️ (@MzB! A Delicate MF’in Flower!™️)1615550540.0
Only next week's installments of The Talk will show if Osbourne takes her apology any further.