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Wendy Williams Tells Gay Men to 'Stop Wearing Our Skirts' And People Are NOT Pleased

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By Robin Zabiegalski

Wendy Williams isn't known for keeping her opinions to herself, even when those opinions are likely to lead to serious backlash. On Thursday's episode of The Wendy Williams Show she shared another one of these controversial opinions that she probably should have kept to herself. And she is getting dragged for it.

During a rant about how men, even gay men, don't understand Galentine's Day, Williams said: "And stop wearing our skirts and our heels!” The comment was an obvious dig at male-identifying queer folks who make gender-fluid fashion choices.

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The Galentine's Day Rant

Cards for Galentine's Day
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In case you're not familiar, Galentine's Day is an alternative to Valentine's Day celebrated on February 13th.

Williams was talking about celebrating Galentine's Day on her show and asked who would be celebrating. When some men in the audience applauded, she took that to mean that they intended to celebrate and took issue.

She started a rant about how men aren't part of Galentine's Day because they don't understand what women go through. She brought menstruation into it, saying that even gay men don't understand women's experiences, so they shouldn't try to involve themselves in activities centered around women.

'Stop Wearing Our Skirts And Heels'

Billy Porter at The Oscars
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Williams wrapped up the rant with a couple of pretty homophobic lines which made it clear she'd veered completely off-topic and was no longer talking about Galentine's Day at all.

She said: "And stop wearing our skirts and our heels! Just saying, girls, what do we have for ourselves? Looky here now, gay men, you’ll never be the women that we are. No matter how gay.”

Her comments seem to indicate that she's upset that gay men are 'appropriating' everything that 'belongs to women.'

The comment about gay men wearing skirts and heels also seemed like a thinly veiled jab at Billy Porter, who wore both to this years' Oscars.

People Are Pissed

Wendy Williams
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Of course, online discourse started almost immediately. On social media, people pointed out how homophobic Williams' remarks were.

The LGBTQ+ community responded with both hurt and betrayal. Many LGBTQ+ fans said that Williams has been a favorite of the queer community for years, which made her comments even more upsetting. Several folks pointed out that Williams was attacking some of her most loyal fans.

Of course, decent folks everywhere responded to her comments with disgust as well. Many brought up other controversial opinions she's voiced like her support for R. Kelly and Michael Jackson.

And Queer Folks Responded in the Best Possible Way

Billie Porter wearing heels on the red carpet
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And since the queer community always finds a truly unique way to fire back at those who dare insult them, they took to Twitter with the hashtag #GayHeelsForWendy. Gay men used the hashtag to post pictures of themselves wearing heels to show Williams they would never stop wearing their heels.

Others used the hashtag to educate Williams, linking articles about how both skirts and heels used to be gender-neutral fashion worn by men and women.

So far reps for Williams have not commented on the situation.

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