Wendy Williams Apologizes To Cleft Community After Being Accused Of Mocking Joaquin Phoenix’s Cleft Lip
Wendy Williams issued an apology after she made comments about actor Joaquin Phoenix’s cleft lip.
Ironically enough, she initially admired Joaquin Phoenix’s appearance and cleft lip during the Hot Topics segment on her show recently. She told her audience and her iconic co-executive producer, Suzanne:
“The way he looks at you… He’s got that good nose, it dips way down like he’s happy with it, so so am I. And when he shaves up his mustache he’s got a hairline fracture. He’s gone one of those, what do you call it, a cleft lip. He’s got this, he’s got this. I find it to be very attractive.”
See it at the 11:00 mark.
Many fans, including Canadian football player Adam Bighill, called out Wendy Williams for her comment. Adam Bighill and his son Beau were born with cleft lips. Adam Bighill kicked off a campaign where he urged for Wendy Williams to apologize, and wanted her to receive some sort of consequence from the network.
He shared a screenshot of Wendy Williams’s gesture and wrote on Jan. 10:
“Sad to see what is in TV these days, There is no way @TheEllenShow would do something like this. She is the CLASS of her industry, and uses her platform for so many amazing things! Makes me appreciate her show even more then I already do!”