Wilson Phillips Singer Makes Transphobic Comment on CBS's The Talk, Apologizes

Carnie Wilson repeatedly referred to Donald Sterling's mistress V. Stiviano as a man on Monday's episode of The Talk, then later said the statement was taken out of context.

BY Parker Marie Molloy

May 06 2014 10:24 AM ET UPDATED: May 06 2014 5:44 PM ET

Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano, and Carnie Wilson

On Monday's episode of CBS's The Talk, singer and television personality Carnie Wilson rattled a few cages after accusing Donald Sterling's companion V. Stiviano of being transgender, repeatedly referring to her as a man, and calling Stiviano "a he."

"This is going to sound really weird, but I was watching that tape," the Wilson Phillips singer said in reference to Stiviano's interview on ABC's 20/20. "First of all, it's so uncomfortable. I'm annoyed when I watch it. I think she's a 'he.'"

The studio audience — as well as a number of the panelists — began laughing, but cohost Aisha Tyler was quick to provide a disclaimer, saying, "This is Carnie's opinion, not the opinion of the CBS Corporation or its affiliates."

Wilson continued, saying, "There's a lot of plastic surgery, then she's like, 'I'm his right-hand man.' Man. Am I crazy to think that? OK. Whatever."

Wilson updated her Twitter account shortly after the show aired, contending that her comment was misunderstood, though she did not clarify what else she could have meant by calling Stiviano a man.

On Tuesday afternoon, Wilson made an effort to clarify her comments further, engaging the author of this piece on Twitter

Wilson said her comments were intended to critique Stiviano's support for Sterling even after he launched into his racist diatribe. The comment about Stiviano's appearance was intended as a joke about the amount of plastic surgery Stiviano has apparently undergone, Wilson said.

In subsequent tweets, Wilson reaffirmed that she is not "phobic" towards anyone, and as the victim of bullying throughout her life, she holds no ill-will toward anyone. 

See the conversation between the Advocate's trans issues correspondent and Wilson below: 


In the wake of Sterling's racist comments and subsequent lifetime ban from the NBA, a common theme on Twitter has been users referring to Stiviano using transphobic slurs, seemingly unaware of the irony involved using problematic language to decry Sterling's bigotry.

See a sampling of the transphobic trend used to berate Stiviano on Twitter below:

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