Posted on August 14, 2022

Kathy Hilton Blames Mistaking Lizzo for ‘Precious’ on Bad Eyesight After Facing Backlash

Ariana Garcia, Houston Chronicle, August 11, 2022

Kathy Hilton from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is blaming bad eyesight as the reason for her mistaking singer Lizzo for the titular character from the 2009 film “Precious.”


{snip} During her appearance on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” Wednesday, Hilton was tasked with guessing who a celebrity displayed on the screen was in a game called “Will Kathy Know Them?”

Hilton, 63, guessed incorrectly numerous times, failing to accurately identify Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Justin Timberlake. However, awkwardness ensued when Cohen pulled up a photo of Grammy winner Lizzo. “I feel like I do…Precious?” Hilton guessed. The answer prompted Cohen and Hilton’s “Housewives” co-star Crystal Kung Minkoff, who was also a guest on Wednesday’s show, to burst into laughter.

Hilton likely mistook Lizzo, 34, for the titular character portrayed by Gabourey Sidibe in the 2009 Oscar-winning drama “Precious.” However, it’s also possible she could have also mistaken the singer for 32-year-old model Precious Lee. {snip}


Lizzo fans swiftly reacted on Twitter, criticizing Hilton for comparing Lizzo to another plus-size Black public figure. Among them was E! host Nina Parker, who wrote on Twitter: “Black women are not here to be the butt of your jokes.”


Another tweeted: “It’s the fatphobia and racism for me. Because she and Gabby look NOTHING alike, but also to call her Precious, like that’s a real person and not a character. Lizzo need to cuss all these mf out.”