Wendy Williams shed a single tear after apologizing for a homophobic remark she made on air on Thursday, February 13th.
The incident in question showed up when Williams was talking about "Galentine's Day," a fictional holiday on February 13th created by Parks & Recreation.
A man in the audience was clapping along with the women in celebration of Galentine's Day, which caused Williams to respond:
"If you're a man and you're clapping, you're not even a part of this. I don't care if you're gay."
"You don't get a [menstrual period] every 28 days. You can do a lot that we do, but I get offended by the idea that we go through something you will never go through."
"Stop wearing our skirts and our heels. Girls, what do we have for ourselves? You'll never be the woman that we are, no matter how gay!""
Folks were quick to call out the incident as both homophobic and transphobic.
Wendy Williams is a gender essentialist w/ conservative binary views on gender expression & sexuality. This has bee… https://t.co/sAXPJUmjln— John Pierre (he/they) (@John Pierre (he/they))1581687841.0
You don’t battle transphobia with more transphobia. #WendyWilliams— ✨ (@✨)1581840422.0
#WendyWilliams saying it offends her that gay men will never experience something that women go through. I would wa… https://t.co/XRIzcOJfNR— Bitchin liz (@Bitchin liz)1581671688.0
Girls maybe we should stop using Wendy Williams memes and reaction images. You know, because of the transphobia and homophobia— Mary Tyler Moore Tyler Moore Moore Moore (@Mary Tyler Moore Tyler Moore Moore Moore)1581871426.0
Williams said once she returned home and watched the episode, she realized the damage that had been done.
She released a single-tear-streaked apology on YouTube.
Williams said that her off-color remarks:
"maybe sounded like your auntie, your mother, your big sister or somebody out of touch".
"I'm not out of touch. Except for perhaps yesterday by saying what I said...I deeply apologize and I deeply appreciate the support that I get from the community. I will do better."
Folks were not so easily convinced that the apology was genuine.
Wendy Williams on her way to post a fake apology for being homophobic and transphobic https://t.co/ejDPqXlIc9— Danis (@Danis)1581698173.0
@WendyWilliams WRONG!!! You’re words were very strong and pointed!! Shame on you! #you have a platform and should b… https://t.co/LLaPR4zo2W— Chi Chi LaRue (@Chi Chi LaRue)1581694163.0
@WendyWilliams I wish you’d gone a bit deeper with this. The apology is one thing but an explanation of how and why… https://t.co/rcMmJwo4oP— Crystal (@Crystal)1581711969.0
@WendyWilliams Nah. Just stand up in your bigotry and go b/c you meant what you said. Being trash is part of your b… https://t.co/565ebClmEN— Hakuna Truvada (@Hakuna Truvada)1581705506.0
@WendyWilliams Nah— TheVivienne (@TheVivienne)1581822611.0
People are pointing out the inconsistencies of Wendy's attitude toward the LGBTQ+ community over the years.
@WendyWilliams You almost got me, but: The years it took you to say LGBTQ The tears without tears The you never d… https://t.co/updqzfc2KU— Andrew Roby (@Andrew Roby)1581694116.0
@WendyWilliams “I deeply apologize for showing you who I really am.”— tom tomlinson (@tom tomlinson)1581691285.0
@WendyWilliams It would have been more useful to know what made you say what you said in the way you said. You.must… https://t.co/QMJ0ZlBhG4— Divina De Campo (@Divina De Campo)1581754318.0
@WendyWilliams Though I appreciate the apology, what Wendy said yesterday was super hurtful, ESPECIALLY coming from… https://t.co/7npRMY3PWA— mami(ta) (@mami(ta))1581751247.0
@WendyWilliams You said men never experience menstruation, but many trans men do. Many trans masc and non-binary fo… https://t.co/o7zzzODV5I— Dominick Evans (@Dominick Evans)1581724652.0
Wendy has not commented again or addressed the depth of her apology any further, but the LGBTQ+ community continues to set a standard of care and not apologize for being upset when someone violates it.
Let's all #DoBetter.