Kathy Hilton Accused of Being Racist After Mistaking Lizzo for 'Precious' Star Gabourey Sidibe

The 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star is facing intense backlash after she failed to recognize the 'About Damn Time' hitmaker during an awkward moment on 'Watch What Happens Live'.

AceShowbiz - Kathy Hilton has landed in hot water. "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star has been facing intense online backlash after she mistook Lizzo for "Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire" star Gabourey Sidibe.

When making an appearance in the Wednesday, August 10 episode of "Watch What Happens Live", the 63-year-old socialite failed to recognize Lizzo's face. While participating in a game called "Will! Kathy! Know Them!?" with host Andy Cohen and guest star Crystal Kung Minkoff, she was shown an image of Lizzo.

When asked if she knew the Grammy-winning artist's name, a confused Kathy replied, "I feel like I do…'Precious'?" seemingly referring to Gabourey's starring role in the 2009 drama, which earned her Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.

The answer prompted Andy and Crystal to burst into laughter. In an attempt to make the moment less awkward, Crystal turned to her pal and said, "She is precious though, Lizzo is precious."

"That's what I call her," Kathy, who was also unable to identify Justin Timberlake and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, added. The mother of Paris Hilton further defended herself as saying, "Her nickname is Precious to me."

Kathy's failed attempt to recognize Lizzo apparently doesn't sit well with social media critics. On Twitter, Kathy was branded racist. "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 3. Racist. 4. A lying, racist, idiot," one person fumed.

"It doesn't matter if she didn't know who she was nor if her intention was 'harmless,' calling a plus size Black woman 'Precious' is an insult. She still decided to comment on her weight [eye roll emoji]," another fired. Someone else said, "This was so problematic and not funny at all. Also Lizzo is more famous than anyone in the Hilton family…whatever Kathy."

Lizzo's fans also turned to Instagram to blast Kathy. "That's definitely bulls**t and she knows it," one person commented on the latest post of "WWHL" Instagram account. A second added, "Not sure why the ignorant comment about Lizzo was looked at as funny? Typical behavior from the clueless I guess…" A third asked the program, "why would y'all even air this ??"

"All black women we have stick together they don't respect us over the years all the blatantly disrespect to black women on this show on wives of Atlanta," someone else opined, "Let a black woman disrespect the white woman on the show and see what happens live lol."

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