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Now Sharon Osbourne is claiming she’s the victim of “the biggest setup ever” / Queerty

Now Sharon Osbourne is claiming she’s the victim of “the

Sharon Osbourne is now calling her recent fight with The Talk co-hosts Sheryl Underwood and Elaine Welteroth “the biggest set up ever.”

Osbourne was widely accused of gaslighting during her emotional defense of her friend, Piers Morgan’s, unkind comments about Meghan Markle.

In a new interview with ET — which aired as further allegations were made about her using racist and homophobic language — Osbourne attempts to contextualize the encounter by painting herself the victim of CBS executives.

She says she arrived late to set that day, where a showrunner asked her, “Hey, do you want to clear up the Piers thing again?”

“If you want me to, I will,” Osbourne recalls answering.

Then she says that eight minutes before showtime, the same showrunner informed her that “Maybe one of [the co-hosts] doesn’t agree” with her. She further claims the questions from the segment were intentionally kept from her, and only written on Underwood and Welteroth’s notecards.

“And I’m like, ‘I’ve been set up,’” she told ET. “And I went like, how DARE you all do this to me! I’m your sacrificial lamb.”

“I think that CBS was so horrified with Piers for the things he was saying. Because remember, Harry and Meghan– it’s a CBS interview,” she added. “I had sided with Piers, so, it’s the cancel culture isn’t it? ‘Throw her under the bus.’”

Osbourne isn’t sure she’ll be back on the show when it returns from hiatus, pending a network investigation into the incident.

“I wish that we could go on and have an adult conversation, calmly, and work it out but I don’t know whether we can,” she said. “I don’t know whether it’s gone past that. But I don’t know whether I even want to go back. I don’t know whether I’m wanted there.”


Pakistan’s first transgender policewoman becomes victim support officer


Reem Sharif, the first trans police officer in Pakistan, is fighting to change the prejudices that previously held her back (Twitter/@zofeen28)

After enduring death threats, slurs and sexual harassment, Pakistan’s first transgender police officer is using her experience to help others as a trans victim support officer.

Reem Sharif has gone from victim to protector as she resolves disputes and shields trans people from abuse in Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province.

She has been in the post just two months and she’s already helped protect 16 trans people, reports the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“The other day we got a call from a trans woman that her brothers had threatened to kill her. I went and talked them into accepting that who they thought was their brother had always been a sister,” 32-year-old Sharif said.

“In another [case], a tenant was being thrown out of her home for being a trans person and I was able to stop that.”

Sharif works at the Tahafuz centre, a pilot project of the Rawalpindi police formed to protect transgender people. Since it opened on May 12 she has received around 40 trans visitors who came to the station “out of curiosity”.

(Facebook/Reem Sharif)

Her success is hard won: she had to endure constant abuse through college, which she described as “the worst years of my life”, in addition to being ostracised by her own family.

“For my brothers, I was always a source of humiliation,” she said.

“One of them told me he would have a problem getting his kids married off if people found out about me. I was very hurt but I said they don’t have to tell anyone about my existence; in any case we live in different cities and I support myself.”

Pakistan is becoming increasingly accepting of trans people after the passage of a 2018 bill which grants broad legal protections for the transgender community.

However, abuse and discrimination are still pervasive in Pakistani society, and the experience of being shunned by families is all too common. This marginalisation makes it harder for trans people to access jobs, education and healthcare.

(Facebook/Reem Sharif)

Leading by example, Sharif intends to prove trans people are capable of leadership roles, inspiring others like her to help change the prejudices that have held them back.

“Unless (trans people) have role models to follow, they will continue in the same footsteps of their predecessors who have survived by begging, dancing or carrying out sex work,” she said.

“But when they see a transgender policewoman or a television anchor or a lawyer, they will realise they can dream and aspire to reach for the stars.”