During the Hot Topics segment of a recent show, Wendy Williams discussed Joaquin Phoenix‘s cleft palate, and mockingly pulled her lip up and garbled her speech. Watch it below at around the 11:00 mark.
She has yet to apologize.
Twitter, as you can imagine, was horrified. Reactions below the video.
This is Wendy Williams making fun of Joaquin Phoenix because of his cleft lip. She said “he is handsome as long as he doesn't shave…he has that hair lip.” Calling a cleft lip “hair lip” is INCREDIBLY offensive!!! #wendywilliams #stopwatchinghershow#BoycottWendyWilliams pic.twitter.com/qxvHQ6841g— Betty Fernau (@abfernau) January 7, 2020
I’m still appalled at Wendy Williams addressing Joaquin Phoenix’s cleft with such disrespect. It’s honestly just heartbreaking to see people continue to lack understanding and willingness to learn regarding children and adults with cleft lips/palates— r.c. (@reagan_clem04) January 8, 2020
Wendy Williams is fucking garbage for making fun of a BIRTH DEFECT that Joaquin Phoenix had. I tried to stick up for you when shit was happening to you even when you didn’t deserve it, but you’ll always be that bitch that has to do everything for shock value & clout. No respect.— Tony Pajamas (@dinixluna) January 15, 2020
It's absolutely gross that Wendy Williams mocked Joaquin Phoenix for his cleft lip, something that he literally can't help and was born with— laura (@trxbalism) January 15, 2020
Good luck trying to fix your shit personality though Wendy 🤷🏻♀️
@WendyWilliams should feel ashamed for being so disrespectful joking about Joaquin Phoenix cleft lip, not only to him but others out there. This should not have been aired and she should be held responsible for her actions. pic.twitter.com/bW27B10muc— brandon (@bran97x) January 8, 2020
Wendy Williams is now making fun of Joaquin Phoenix for his microform cleft. Fucking disgusting.— i belong to the stars 💫 (@babesclubonly) January 8, 2020
No one should be making fun of anyone else’s appearance. End of story.
If y’all wanna drag her, go for it. I’m not gonna feed her.
Who does Wendy Williams think she is mocking Joaquin Phoenix for his cleft lip? it is absolutely disgusting how this woman was allowed to do this on TV 🤮 pic.twitter.com/lWL0PA5dHn— Lauren (@laurenralphx) January 10, 2020
What an ignorant POS! Wendy Williams should apologize first to Joaquin Phoenix, and then to the Cleft community. Her network should insist she make a significant donation to a Children's Cleft Lip and Palate charity. https://t.co/AOeXNtiIjU— Rae Lachay (@Razor55rae) January 13, 2020
Your comments regarding Joaquin Phoenix's birth defect was soooooo inappropriate and unacceptable! You not only owe him an apology but also the many people who were born with cleft lip and palate as well. And shame on your audience that laughed along with your tasteless comments— KIMBERLY KIMMETT (@kimx2ett) January 13, 2020
I have a child who was born with a cleft lip & palate; your little routine about Joaquin Phoenix showed zero class and zero integrity. HIGHLY inappropriate. You’re a bully. You should be ashamed and own up to a public apology. #CancelWendyWilliams #boycottwendywilliamsshow— Mark Oliver (@DudakisPrime) January 8, 2020
@WendyWilliams – as the mom of an 11 yr old girl who was born with cleft lip & palate, I was horrified to see you make this gesture regarding Joaquin Phoenix’s cleft! These are the kinds of bullying gestures my daughter has dealt with since preschool. SHAME ON YOU. pic.twitter.com/uA46bRfa6i— Julie Snyder 🧢 (@JulieS8921) January 8, 2020
And it goes on and on, but you get the picture. People are furious.