Talk show host Wendy Williams is being accused of a wide range of intolerant behaviors after a rant on her show in which she told gay men to "stop wearing our skirts and our heels."
Williams was talking about the holiday "Galentine's Day," created by the TV show Parks & Recreation, which celebrates female friendships the day before Valentine's Day.
When she saw men clapping along with the women after a joke, she commented:
"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."
Williams then went on to say to gay men:
"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!"
. @WendyWilliams to LGBT community. “I get offended at the idea that we go through something you will NEVER go thro… https://t.co/lgBnEfyu60— Ent. Discussion (@Ent. Discussion)1581620106.0
Internet users everywhere denounced Williams's comments as homophobic and transphobic.
Oh, Wendy. Your homophobia is showing: Wendy Williams to Gay Men: 'Stop Wearing Our Skirts and Our Heels' https://t.co/qFVwhUsrtv— Jeffrey Luscombe (@Jeffrey Luscombe)1581626159.0
@WendyWilliams i love you, i really do but if you’re telling us to stop wearing “y’all skirts and heels”, then give… https://t.co/RZe9Szi6JH— Bruce williams 🤴🏽 (@Bruce williams 🤴🏽)1581637109.0
.@WendyWilliams, some friendly reminders: 1. Many cis women would be offended by having their womanhood reduced to… https://t.co/yuGEDTaFv1— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1581633607.0
Wendy Williams seems to have some trouble avoiding controversy.
Earlier this year, she had to issue an apology after making fun of a scar on Joaquin Phoenix's lip.
In 2018, she said she was "sick" of the #MeToo movement.
Y’all remember when Wendy Williams got coin to do that awful Drag Race commentary during the commercial breaks? 😅 N… https://t.co/bT8xQMQDQ7— Kelly Mantle (@Kelly Mantle)1581636903.0
Gays obsessed with @WendyWilliams is on our team: SHE. IS. NOT. Drop her. She's toxic. https://t.co/iX7hS6gmfX— Boy Culture Blog (@Boy Culture Blog)1581624196.0
Many pointed out notable LGBTQ celebrities who wear high heels and skirts.
Black gheys: Billy Porter look a mess at the Oscars in those heels and skirt. *Wendy Williams says she’s tired of… https://t.co/lRaREnTXNc— Carlos (@Carlos)1581637921.0
#WendyWilliams @WendyWilliams life long watcher but no more! You are a transphobic / homophobic woman who doesn’t g… https://t.co/sNavVdme8Q— Paul Schmidt (@Paul Schmidt)1581637933.0
Transphobia is no laughing matter.
Before long, Williams had issued an apology to her fans.
RT @pinknews: Wendy Williams makes tearful apology after saying gay men shouldn’t wear skirts and heels… https://t.co/rl4EzYJO7Q— ๒ รคץร Ŧยςк Շгย๓ק (@๒ รคץร Ŧยςк Շгย๓ק)1581700172.0
But for many, the damage had been done.
Did wendy williams just say to gay men not to wear our skirts and heels?? I cannot stand this woman. 😒 https://t.co/MDU8xTidmT— NeeNee (@NeeNee)1581699802.0
I’m a woman and I dont want to be the kind of woman she is. Women don’t own the right to solely wear skirts and hee… https://t.co/rJM0dqO3I6— Maggie Rogers (@Maggie Rogers)1581699025.0
Wendy Williams will have to be more careful in the future—there's a fine but important line between speaking frankly about gender and being ignorant and intolerant.