Wendy Williams has made a tearful apology after suffering a backlash for saying gay men shouldn’t wear “skirts and heels” on “Galentine’s Day” because she feels it’s a women-only occasion.
On Thursday on her Hot Topics show, Williams talked about “Galentine’s Day”, a holiday made popular by the TV show “Park and Recreation” in which the ladies of the show went to brunch together on Valentine’s Day to celebrate the other women in their lives.
“If you’re a man and you’re clapping, you’re not even a part of this. You don’t understand the rules of the day. It’s women going out and getting saucy and then going home. You’re not a part.
“I don’t care if you’re gay. You don’t get a [menstruation] every 28 days. You can do a lot that we do, but I get offended by the idea that we go through something you will never go through. And stop wearing our skirts and our heels. Just saying, girls, what do we have for ourselves?
“Looky here now, gay men, you’ll never be the women that we are no matter how gay, sir.”
However following the backlash that trailed her comment, Wendy Williams took to social media to make a tearful apology.
She said in the video she shared;
“I’ll start by saying I apologize. I did not mean to offend my LGBTQ+ community on yesterday’s show.
“I did not realize until I got home and I watched the second running of our show here in New York. And I always watch when I can to critique my delivery or the cameras, the lights, the audience.
“I’m very persnickety about how I do my show, and one thing that I can tell you right now is that I never do the show in a place of malice.
“I understand my platform with the community from first grade, to intermediate school, to high school, to college, to radio and now to TV. And I didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings, I’m just having a conversation.”
She also said on Twitter;
“If you know me long enough, then you know, ‘Bon vivant [sic].’ I don’t even know what that means, but it sounds fabulous.
“In my mind it means ‘live and let live,’ ‘Bon vivant [sic].’ And I live and let live everyday. life is too short.
“I’m 55 years old, and maybe I sound like your auntie, your mother, your big sister or somebody out of touch. I’m not out of touch, except for perhaps yesterday, by saying what I said.
“So I deeply apologize , and I deeply appreciate the support that I get from the community. I will do better. I appreciate you supporting me. Thank you.”
A message from Wendy. pic.twitter.com/aEpMvubJVJ— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) February 14, 2020