Wendy Williams Accused Of Making Transphobic Comments About Bruce Jenner


Though she has been a victim of transphobic bullying, Wendy Williams is being accused of making insensitive comments about Bruce Jenner’s gender expression and identity recently on her show.

During a Hot Topics segment, Wendy tossed in her two cents about a photo of Jenner on his 65th birthday, wearing pink nail polish. According to TheWrap:

“Thank God he waited for his kids to grow up before making this transition or whatever it is he’s going through,” she said. “Can you imagine how awful it would be for those kids if he showed up with a blowout, a shaved Adam’s apple, pink nail polish, and smoking a cigarette at a PTA meeting? Could you imagine?”

GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis called Wendy’s comments “ludicrous” in a statement to TheWrap: “To suggest that a person’s nail polish color or hairstyle would inflict harm on their children is just ludicrous. What does inflict harm, however, is gross and invasive speculation about a person’s gender identity.”

However, Access Hollywood pointed out that Wendy’s comments were taken out of context, noting that “90 percent” of what she said was “welcoming and inclusive” (via Huff Po):

“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.”

Still, this is not the first time Wendy’s been embroiled in a transphobic controversy. Just last week, Williams jokingly took Jenner’s dating life to task, feigning surprise not that he was dating, but dating a woman. And regarding trans athlete Chloe Jonsson, Wendy said:

“[T]his is an unfair advantage… you can take away female parts or male parts or whatever — it’s like Chaz Bono! You know Chaz is a man now, but I bet she [sic] still fights like a girl like the rest of us and she’s [sic] not as strong as a man who was born a man.”

You can catch Wendy’s full comments about Bruce Jenner below (around 3:30):

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