The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Kathy Hilton didn’t know who Lizzo was and called her a name that raised eyebrows.
On Wednesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen featuring Kathy Hilton included a game of seeing if Hilton knew the stars pictured. One of those pictures included an image of Lizzo. Instead of getting the answer right, Hilton said she thought the picture was of Sidibe.
When she was asked if she thought she knew the person pictured, she said, "I feel like I do. Precious?"
According to Decider, Crystal Kung Minkoff, who stars on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with Hilton, tried to play it off by saying, “She is precious, though, Lizzo is precious,” leading Hilton to add, “That’s what I call her. Her nickname is ‘Precious’ to me.” But fans were not feeling the fact that Lizzo was mistaken for another Black celebrity, seemingly Precious star Gabourey Sidibe.
Media personality Kalen Allen wrote on Twitter, "That Kathy Hilton clip is messed u.
That Kathy Hilton clip is messed up and y’all know it is. Lizzo minds her own business but all people do is make her a joke and this time it wasn’t even intentional. This time she caught a stray and I wish someone would’ve stepped up and said something.
— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) August 11, 2022
Others agreed, with one person writing, "There's nothing funny about Kathy Hilton calling Lizzo 'Precious.' Absolutely nothing." Another wrote, "Kathy Hilton mistaking Lizzo for Precious ain't funny to me Idc."
There’s nothing funny about Kathy Hilton calling Lizzo ‘Precious.’
— t’mar. (he/they) (@shaktischild) August 11, 2022
Kathy Hilton mistaking Lizzo for Precious ain’t funny to me Idc pic.twitter.com/BTF1wORlej
— passenger seat princess ✨ (@_petrichorrrr) August 11, 2022
Another viewer brought up how fatphobia becomes an easy go-to place for jokes, even from people who consider themselves supportive of marginalized communities.
“[People] are laughing & saying they’re gagged by this like it’s not blatantly racist & fatphobic….why are black women always the butt of jokes to y’all? Especially to ppl who consider themselves “allies” in + out of the community,” they wrote.
ppl are laughing & saying they’re gagged by this like it’s not blatantly racist & fatphobic….why are black women always the butt of jokes to y’all? Especially to ppl who consider themselves “allies” in + out of the community https://t.co/w2pOJcJvqP
— 𓆩♡︎𓆪 (@k1llacourt) August 11, 2022
Another added that even if Hilton is out of touch, it doesn't excuse her comment.
“[A]s much Kathy Hilton can be completely ditzy and blonde, this was completely disrespectful and has some racial undertones,” they wrote.
as much Kathy Hilton can be completely ditzy and blonde, this was completely disrespectful and has some racial undertones https://t.co/oyvtEFJ1dB
— la niña 🤎 (@ncobyle) August 11, 2022
However, one fan said that Hilton was not referring to Sidibe and may have gotten Lizzo confused with model Precious Lee.
Also I think Kathy may have been referring to the model Precious Lee and not the movie #WWHL pic.twitter.com/24t3Z1mY9t
— Mr Kirk Franklin Sons Husband (@EnahsReivrej_) August 11, 2022
Hilton has yet to comment on the controversy.