Sharon Osbourne has come under fire after a clip of her defending Piers Morgan went viral from The Talk.
The TV star, 68, had a heated conversation with Sheryl Underwood on the show after people had criticised her for standing up for Piers after he quit Good Morning Britain for refusing to apologise for his comments about Meghan Markle on air.
Sharon said: ‘Did I like everything he said? Did I agree with what he said? No. Because it’s his opinion. It’s not my opinion… I support him for his freedom of speech, and he’s my friend.
‘I’m not racist… I don’t care what colour or what religion anyone is. Are you a nice person? That’s what I judge you on.’
Sheryl then challenged that Sharon’s support for Piers had ‘given validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist, even if you don’t agree?’
Sharon responded: ‘I very much feel 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? What does it gotta do with me?’
Following a quick cut to a break, Sharon continued: ‘I will ask you again Sheryl, I’ve been asking you during the break and I’m asking you again, and don’t try and cry ‘cause if anyone should be crying it should be me.
‘Educate me. Tell me when you have heard him say racist things.’
A calm Sheryl then explained: ‘It is not the exact words of racism, it’s the implication and the reaction to it.
Viewers were upset with the exchange, with Smooth radio host Angie Greaves tweeting: ‘I’m glad we’re having the hard conversations about racism but DEMANDING that a black woman educate her and then saying… “And don’t try to cry, if anyone should be crying, it should BE ME” in defense of Piers Morgan…’
Yvette Nicole Brown wrote: ‘It was the “Educate me!” for me. It is not a black woman’s job to educate ANYBODY about racism. The education one seeks is EVERYWHERE. Further telling someone they have no right to their tears while YOU’RE crying is just: *Viola grabbing her purse*’
Podcaster Oloni added: ‘So tired of bw having to deal with the tears of ww after being gaslit. Sharon Osbourne is 65 and doesn’t want to learn, she so ever clearly wants to cry and be defensive. I’m sure this lady still thinks racism is only when you call black people the N word. It is not.’
Comedian Rae Sanni told her followers: ‘This is Sharon Osbourne, telling a black woman not to cry and demanding a definition of racism, as she sobs over Piers Morgan who walked off his job bc a mixed black coworker calmly challenged his fixation on Meghan Markle. White women are something else. Your tears are weapons.’
Other viewers were also outraged by the exchange, tweeting: ‘So Sharon Osbourne used her white woman tears in defense of a white man who has been obsessively harassing and hating on a black woman’ and ‘Sharon Osbourne really said “And don’t try to cry, if anyone should be crying, it should BE ME” on tv because she was defending Piers Morgan I-‘.
Credit: Original article published here.