Wendy Williams angered viewers on her January 7th episode of The Wendy Williams Show when she tried to poke fun at people with cleft palates and cleft lips. It all started during the “Hot Topics” segment of her show in which Joaquin Phoenix’s photo appeared on a large screen and it all went downhill from there.
The actor was recently seen in Joker for which he won a Golden Globe, Critics Choice Awards and is really close to winning an Oscar for Best Actor – hence making him a hot topic. Williams started off by praising him which seemed totally normal and even called him “very attractive”. The talk show host out of nowhere started talking about his cleft palate and cleft lip and even made a mocking gesture of a cleft-lip which viewers found extremely offensive.
When he shaves off his moustache he’s got a hairline fracture,” she said of the actor. “He’s got one of those — what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate,” the host said. It didn’t take time for viewers to call out Williams on the same. Canadian footballer Adam Bighill also tweeted about it expressing how hurt he was as he and his son both have had the condition. The show then went on to donate to organizations as a tribute to Bighill’s son Beau. Despite the attempts to make amends, people are still mad at Williams.
Living legend Cher tweeted, “@WendyWilliams I Was Going To Try & Hold My Temper BUT IM SO F-NG ANGRY I CANT. In 1985 I Made a Film Called “MASK”!’ THROUGH THAT FILM I BECAME INVOLVED WITH CHILDREN,& ADULTS WHO HAD CRANIOFACIAL ANOMALIES. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THESE PPL GO THROUGH!! 20+ OPERATIONS,” on January 15th after word spread about Wendy mocking Phoenix.
“BEFORE THEIR TEENS MUCH OF THE TIME THEY ARE IN PAIN, AFRAID, BUT HAVE HOPE THEY WILL LOOK NORMAL. THE HEARTBREAK & FEAR THEIR PARENTS GO THROUGH IS UNBEARABLE. IF YOUR MOM SAW WHAT YOU DID SHE’D BE ASHAMED. MY MOM TAUGHT ME TO LOVE & HELP PPL IN PAIN. WHO ARE U, U SHOULD B FIRED,” Cher continued.
A fan went on to tell Cher about Wendy’s apology to which she replied, “THERE IS NO APOLOGY FOR WHAT SHE DID…. & LAUGHED ABOUT!! I KNOW THESE CHILDREN,& ADULTS. THEY GO THROUGH HELL, THEIR PARENTS GO THROUGH HELL! Fk Her Apology. SHE WANTS TO KEEP HER JOB!! I CANT CONTAIN MY ANGER.”