Wendy Williams Under Fire For Mocking Joaquin Phoenix’s Cleft Palate

16 Janvier, 2020, 10:18 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Wendy Williams mimics a cleft palate when talking about Joaquin Phoenix's lip scar in the Jan. 7 edition of

The talk show host mocked 2020 Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix's apparent cleft palate on her January 7 show - and fans and activists are getting upset about it a week later.

In the segment, Williams jokingly teases Phoenix about his condition stating, "When he shaves off his mustache he's got a hairline fracture", she said.

The Wendy Williams Show host has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry as a effect of her unfiltered nature, and while many of her viewers love it, it can still get her into trouble sometimes.

She further added that the Hollywood actor who won the Best Actor award at the Golden Globes recently, had one of those 'cleft lip, cleft palate.' The fans and followers of the Hollywood star Joaquin Phoenix in no time started calling out the host Wendy Williams for her insensitive remark towards, Joaquin Phoenix. "He's got one of those - what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate", the 55-year-old host shared on the program, mocking the condition by hooking her finger to her lip.

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On Wednesday morning the Bomber's linebacker took to Twitter to announce his son Beau, who was also born with cleft lip, was heading into surgery to have it repaired. "I want to apologize to the cleft community and in Beau's honor, our show is donating to (Operation Smile) and (the American Cleft-Craniofacial Association)".

"Mimicing [sic] a cleft lip, and making a joke about it, is disgraceful".

During the "Hot Topic" segment of "The Wendy Williams Show" on January 7, Williams revealed she found the "Joker" star "oddly attractive", noting that she even liked the actor's scar.

Williams has not yet addressed the backlash to her comments.



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