title iconLizzo's 'precious' status under fire for RHOBH Kathy Hilton

A Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is getting heat online after mistaking Lizzo for Precious. RHOBH is known for Kathy's "hunky-dory" comedy relief. A wealthy business mogul and philanthropist, Richards made guest appearances with her sisters Kim and Kyle Richards for years before joining the show as a friend. Kathy Hilton's position in the spotlight comes from being the mother of high-profile star Paris Hilton.

As a result of her inclusion in RHOBH, she was reintroduced to a younger generation of pop culture consumers who were interested in learning more about the famous and rich wife, mom, and sister. She is the wife of an heir to the Hilton Hotel empire, the mother of a famous socialite, and the big sister to two Hollywood stars. As a member of RHOBH, she has all the qualifications to have adopted a posh demeanor. Kathy, however, preferred to show a lighter side to herself that eased some tense moments between the housewives.

With Kathy joining the Bravo family, she is a desirable guest on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. The show is known for Andy's games with his guests. Nevertheless, his latest game dedicated to Kathy became a trending topic for the wrong reasons. They were playing "Will Kathy Know Them?" when the queens of Bravo captured a video of them. During the screening, Kathy was tasked with identifying celebrities. When a photo of Grammy-winning singer Lizzo came up, she thought about whether she recognized her. "I do," she said, before blurting, "Precious?"

The answer referred to Gabourey Sidibe's 2009 Oscar-nominated role as Precious in the cult film Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. Due to the only thing Lizzo and the fictional character have in common, their ethnicity and size, many were offended by Kathy's statement. According to one person, this is a pretty racist comment, but because Kathy's fans like her, they're laughing at it.

Audience members were split between being mad at Kathy or laughing as some did. Lizzo's manager, Crystal Kung Minkoff, tried to clear up the controversy by calling her a "precious" superstar. According to one fan, "God bless Crystal for trying to save Kathy from this semi-racist moment." The comment refers to NeNe Leakes' lawsuit against Bravo, Andy, and the network's producers for what she alleges is racism behind the scenes. Several fans expressed how surprised they were by Kathy's response. According to one viewer, "I have no idea how I feel about this."

As for Lizzo and Sidibe, they have not yet commented on this awkward moment. Kathy's response crosses the fine line between innocence and joking while raising a serious issue. As a wealthy white woman, Kathy's situation is not any better. There's a possibility that Kathy's slip-up will be cleared up in an upcoming storyline, especially given that she reportedly said something controversial about hired help.