Wendy Williams found herself in hot water earlier this month when she mocked the physical appearance of Joaquin Phoenix, and now fans are speaking out about it.
During her daytime talk show, she was talking about the Oscar-nominated actor and proceeded to make fun of what she called his “Cleft lip, cleft palate.”
“When he shaves off his mustache he’s got a hairline fracture. He’s got one of those — what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate,” she said, and then use her finger to make one side of her mouth bigger.
Now a petition on Change.org has emerged to try and have Williams fired. It’s already been signed more than 65,000 times.
For a solid 10 seconds she used her finger to mimic a cleft lip while the audience laughed. Imagine how my 5 year old would take it if he saw it? @WendyWilliams
— Matt Groark (@groarkboysbbq) January 8, 2020
“So this ignorant piece of work decided to mock Joaquin Phoenix and his ‘hare lip, cleft lip, palate’ on daytime television and even went as far as pulling her upper lip with her finger, she is a total disgrace,” the petition reads. “Kids can be cruel and as a mother of an amazing little guy who was born with complete bilateral cleft lip, hard and soft palate, I am completely disgusted that she thinks it’s ok to ridicule and make a joke out of something that is completely out of our control.”
“The hours spent worrying about the hard times ahead for him, all the days spent in the hospital and the numerous surgeries he had to go through, the blood, the pain, the day to day activities that he had to miss because of feeding tubes that he needed to be able to get liquids to his stomach instead of his lungs (complications brought on by the hard and soft cleft palate called silent aspiration),” it continues.
“His little lungs so scared up From lung infections due to this silent aspiration. And that is only a few of the complications that can come with a cleft. What I am saying is that she is a disgusting human being and in my opinion, if Don Cherry got fired for saying ‘you people’ than she should be banned from daytime TV.”
Williams did eventually apologize for the comments and announced that her show donated to Operation Smile and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.