Celebrity Twitchy follower Ellen Barkin has apologized for a comment made on last night’s episode of Bravo’s talk show “Watch What Happens Live” which struck many viewers as offensive and racist.

After host Andy Cohen showed clips from “Real Housewives of Miami,” Barkin, who was appearing with “New Normal” co-star and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member NeNe Leakes, asked about a maid’s “slave hair” in the clip.

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Um, no, you certainly weren’t the only one.

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“That Caucasian woman” tweeted an apology and explained that she was referring to old-school “Hollywood” racism, where African-American actors were given a stereotypical hairstyle. No racism in Hollywood today, though.

Kudos to Barkin for not claiming she was speaking “in-character” as her “conservative” grandmother on “The New Normal.” We imagine this racist gaffe will pass quickly, though. See, only conservatives have to abide by the ever-expanding Handbook of Racial Code Words, with entries like “kitchen cabinet,” “angry,” chair” and “peanut butter and jelly.” “Slave hair” from a liberal? No big deal.

Update: Barkin seems to be creating her own shovel-ready job by digging the hole a little deeper.