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Wendy Williams Issues Emotional Apology Following Homophobic, Transphobic Comments

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By Zachary Holt

The daytime talk show host, Wendy Williams, is no stranger to making controversial comments, and, in fact, does so regularly on her 'Hot Topics' segment of her show, which usually includes a rant of some sort.

One needs to look no further than her monologue on the movie, Parasite, which, ironically, went on to win an Oscar, shortly thereafter, or even her comments on the disgraced actor, Jussie Smollett.

Well, Williams has made another gaffe, but this time, it might come back to bite her. In a recent installment of The Wendy Williams Show, the host went on a homophobic and transphobic rant that has resulted in major backlash on social media and a subsequent apology by the host.

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Homophobic and Transphobic Comments Originate From Discussion of Galentine's Day on 'Hot Topics' Segment

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The homophobic and transphobic comments that Williams recently made were in reference to the 'all-female' holiday known as 'Galentine's Day'.

For women, it's an opportunity to show thanks to other female friends, through the same spoiling and love that is generated on the following day, Valentine's Day. The fake holiday has only been around for several years, but it's really taken on amongst females throughout the world.

Williams' main reference was to Galentine's day holiday but then proceeded to go on a charged diatribe against gay men and those that are transgender. Mouth meet foot.

Williams Goes on Vitriolic Diatribe Towards Gay Men and Transgender Individuals

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With a diverse crowd in attendance for her show, Williams brought up the concept of Galentine's Day and what it meant, resulting in the audience applauding her. However, she decided to single out the men that clapped and thus, the rant began.

"I don’t care if you’re gay. You don’t get a menses every 28 days," Williams said. "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. And stop wearing our skirts and our heels."

Response By Audience and People on Social Media Prompts Apology

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The response from the audience was cringy, to say the least, as the clapping was eerily absent. However, the reactions on social media were damning with people criticizing Williams for insinuating 'only real women' get periods, a nod to transgender individuals. People also were bothered by the notion that she thought 'gay men' wanted to dress and be like women.

The response and backlash that Williams received on social media following the incident was enough for the host to issue an emotional apology on YouTube and her other platforms.

'I'm Not Out of Touch, Except For Perhaps Yesterday By Saying What I Said'

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"I did not mean to offend my LGBTQ+ community on yesterday’s show," she began in her statement. "I understand my platform with the community. From first grade, to intermediate school, to high school, to college, to radio, and now to TV. And I didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings. I’m just having a conversation. If you know me long enough, then you know bon vivant. I don’t even know what that means, but it sounds fabulous."

"I’m not out of touch, except for perhaps yesterday by saying what I said. So I deeply apologize and I deeply appreciate the support that I get from the community. I will do better. I appreciate you supporting me. Thank you," she concluded.

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