Wendy Williams Mocks Joaquin Phoenix's Cleft Lip, Apologizes After Comment Unleashes Fans' Fury

Wendy Williams Mocks Joaquin Phoenix's Cleft Lip, Apologizes After Comment Unleashes Fans' Fury

Not only did she make a public apology for her comment but she also made a donation to @operationsmile and @AmerCleftPalate to make up for it.

People have only praises to sing about Joaquin Phoenix, but TV presenter Wendy Williams. While presenting her show The Wendy Williams Show, the 55-year-old started to talk about Phoenix’s appearance, reports Daily Mail. She started to describe Phoenix as 'oddly attractive' and she first fawned over his 'piercing eyes,' before critiquing a scar on the actor's upper lip, which is often covered by his facial hair. "When he shaves off his moustache he's got a hairline fracture,' she said. 'He's got one of those — what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate."


If that wasn't bad enough, she went on to hook her finger under her lip and mimic the condition. This is a common birth defect that happens when a baby’s lip or mouth is not formed properly during pregnancy. In an interview with Vanity Fair recently, the actor added that he was born with a non-surgical scar. It is understood that Joaquin was born with a ‘microform cleft,’ a mild form of cleft which often doesn’t require surgery, but which leaves a small groove in the upper lip, according to the Cleft Lip and Palate Association.


It all started when Canadian football player Adam Bighil took to Twitter to say that what she did was offensive. "This needs a RT!!!,' he wrote last Friday. '@WendyWilliams mimics a cleft lip and palate person!! I have a cleft lip and palate, so does my son who was just born, her actions are hideous and OFFENSIVE. Promoting bullying, with her platform, that’s IRRESPONSIBLE!! #EndBullying." After five days, he posted a picture of his son who was about to get his lip repaired.


Wendy apologized to him via a reply to his Tweet. She replied, saying: "We’re thinking about Beau today as he is in surgery." Wendy went on to say: "I want to apologize to the cleft community and in Beau’s honor, our show is donating to @operationsmile and @AmerCleftPalate and encourage our Wendy Watchers to learn more and help support the cleft community." People with such power really need to be careful about the things they say. 


However, Bighill forgave Williams on Twitter, responding: "Thank you @WendyWilliams for your apology, your donation, and for thinking of Beau today for his surgery. I forgive you, and I encourage others to as well. I wish you all the best." Before she apologized, a Change.org petition was launched, titled Get Wendy Williams Fired after her comments on the show. At the time of writing, more than 25,000 have signed it and the signatures are increasing by the minute. 


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