Sharon Osbourne backs Kanye as BLM 'scam' claim prompts her to ask for £800k donation back

Sharon Osbourne, 69, was stopped while walking in Beverly Hills, California, and pressed to share her opinions on the backlash surrounding Kanye West after he presented White Lives Matter t-shirts at Paris Fashion Week.

The rapper has been widely criticised as the phrase Black Lives Matter was adopted to oppose racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd.

Among his critics was Vogue editor, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, who said his t-shirts were “hugely irresponsible”.

As the furore continues, Sharon told reporters that she “doesn’t understand” the point Kanye was trying to make, but doesn’t think he deserves to be cancelled.

She said in a clip obtained by TMZ: “I don’t understand why white lives don’t matter. It’s not my thing, it’s not my culture, I don’t understand any of it… everybody matters, don’t they?”

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The reporter then clarified that the rapper said the Black Lives Matter movement is a “scam”, a comment he made via his Instagram Story this week.

Sharon then exclaimed: “Oh, well, we gave $900k to that and, um, I’d like my money back please. I wish he could have said that before!”

Then, when she was asked whether Kanye should be cancelled, Sharon instead said: “You can’t stop people from living their lives and doing what they do.  

“Don’t go to his social media, don’t listen to his music, leave the guy alone. Let him do what he does and if you don’t like him, leave him alone.”

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Sharon herself is no stranger to controversy and has previously come under fire for issues surrounding race.

Last year, the TV personality was forced to hit back at racism allegations which were sparked after she defended Piers Morgan on The Talk following his criticism of Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview.

She had an on-screen row with her co-stars after Sheryl Underwood asked how she could support someone who was “racist in his stance against Meghan Markle”.

After receiving a wave of backlash, and even death threats, for her standpoint, Sharon left her job on the chat show and has since had to apologise and defiantly state that she is “not a racist”.

Speaking to You Magazine last April, Sharon said: “I know my faults. I know I behaved badly, I did not behave professionally, but neither did they. I know my part, but I know I’m not a racist.”

Along with her husband Ozzy, Sharon also arranged for Black Sabbath t-shirts to be printed with Black lives Matter written in the band’s font.

She continued to the magazine: “So many people bought one and it’s still selling. We gave Black Lives Matter $720k. We have another $200k but I’m giving it to another group.”

 When asked why she didn’t make more, Sharon explained: “Because people don’t want to hear it. And it’s like saying: “Some of my best friends are black.” 

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