UPDATE: Sept. 12 ― Sharon Osbourne has clarified her comments about Kim Kardashian’s brand of feminism after the reality star called Osbourne “ridiculous.”
On Monday’s episode of “The Talk,” Osbourne explained she was misquoted in an interview slamming Kardashian, but reiterated that she believes showing off one’s body is somehow not feminist.
“[The interviewer] asked my opinion and I gave it,” Osbourne said. “It wasn’t rude. She poses nude, she’s very sexual in her clothes, and even her everyday clothes, it’s very sexual.”
“Whatever she does she’s showing her body, which shows she’s a strong, grounded woman and she’s not ashamed of her body,” she continued.
“And that’s great, but people have been doing that since day one and people have been stripping and whatever since day one,” Osbourne added. “It doesn’t make you a feminist, it makes you someone who is a strong person, and confident with their body and wants to show it. But, that’s not a feminist.”
“It got misquoted and then Kim came back and said, ’I never said I was a feminist, so I never said I was and you’re responding to something I never said.’”
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A week after Sharon Osbourne came for the reality TV star’s feminist credibilities, Kardashian has clapped back and then some, calling Osbourne’s criticisms “stupid” and “ridiculous.”
“First of all, I think she said I said a quote about, ‘I post nude photos in the name of feminism.’ Never said that. So I think when people misquote you and then comment, it just sounds ridiculous,” Kardashian told E! News. “I post nude photos because I like how I look and I feel proud when I’ve lost all this baby weight and I post it because I feel like posting it and I feel powerful.”
“But I’ve never been like the ‘free the nipple’ kind of girl so ... if I post a photo, I post it because I like how I look,” she continued. “So she kind of misquoted me on that and I thought it just looked really, like stupid.”
Osbourne recently called out Kardashian for masking her tendency to go nude for the camera as an exercise in feminism in an interview with The Telegraph, making some pretty low blows at the reality star’s expense.
“Kim says she’s doing everything in the name of feminism, but that’s not feminism! Those girls live off their bodies, half of L.A. has been through them and everything they do from the sex tape to the plastic see-through dresses and the gym wear is about sex, not female progress,” Osbourne said.
“God bless them. If Kim wants to show off her body, fine. But that’s not feminism, that’s being a ho. And there’s nothing wrong with being a ho, but always remember what you are.”
Her comments were particularly eye-roll worthy given how Osbourne posted a nude selfie in solidarity with Kardashian in 2016, writing that she was “inspired” by her, with the hashtag “liberated.”
As for Kardashian, her relationship with feminism has evolved since rebuking the identifier early on in her career. In a recent cover story for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, the beauty mogul revealed that she was a feminist “in her soul,” but has no need for “labels to make me feel or know what I am inside.”