“The Wendy Williams Show” host is called out for remarks she made about the former Olympian’s gender identity
Wendy Williams has come under fire by GLAAD for remarks she made Wednesday on her talk show about Bruce Jenner’s
“To suggest that a person’s nail polish color or hairstyle would inflict harm on their children is just ludicrous,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told TheWrap. “What does inflict harm, however, is gross and invasive speculation about a person’s gender identity.”
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During her Hot Topics segment on “The
“I think society in general — you might not like [someone who is LGBT] but you damn sure are outnumbered if you say something about it… I don’t know what he’s on his way to doing. All I know is that I’m happy for him because he’s able to live in his own truth… One step at a time, everybody. One step at a time, we will get through this together,” Williams said.
She continued: “He at least waited for his kids to grow up, so he doesn’t have to go to PTA meetings with a shaved Adam’s apple, and a blowout, and pink nails, and a cigarette. You know what I’m saying?”
Some viewers were not amused. They pointed out on social media that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it’s possible Jenner painted his nails in support of the cause. Regardless, GLAAD was unhappy with Williams’ commentary.
This isn’t the first time Jenner has been a Hot Topic on Williams’ show. Last week, she focused on reports about his dating life.
“Bruce Jenner is reportedly dating … a WOMAN!” Williams said. “And her name is Ron-… (pause) -da,” she continued, using her confusion about Jenner’s appearance to express surprise that he wasn’t dating a man.
In addition to being chastised by GLAAD, the talk show host is being called out on Twitter by some of her viewers.
Representatives from “The
– Shar (@SharSaysSo) October 29, 2014
@WendyWilliams I’m as startled as the next about Bruce Jenner, but he appears to be golfing. Just another athlete supporting breast cancer?
– Justin AKA Cheeba (@Cheebasweets311) October 29, 2014
– t gambino-ventrello (@TGambinoVent) October 29, 2014
For the record: a previous version of this post slightly misquoted Williams. TheWrap regrets the error.