Wendy Williams is notorious for her brash and often rude comments regarding the world of celebrities, which is applauded by some as just mindless celebrity gossip. However, today the daytime talk show host may have just dug herself a verbal hole that will be very hard to escape from.
During this morning’s show while further discussing Jesse Williams’ powerful speech at the 2016 BET Awards, Williams proceeded to bring up the creation of HBCUs and the NAACP and how both institutions make white people feel excluded. Of course, #BlackTwitter wasn’t having it and quickly let her know just how uninformed her critique was.
The Jasmine Brand has all the details about the online backlash:
Talk show host Wendy Williams addressed the petition currently circulating about firing Jesse from Grey’s Anatomy. She shared that she sees both sides of the story and referenced his 2016 BET Awards speech. She began her comments with,
“I must say to you, he was on BET. His speech was very poignant. On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically Black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP.”
When her usually loyal studio audience sat there in dead silence, she added, laughing,
“Look, everybody’s quiet. You’re leaving me out here to dry by myself? One wrong word — I’m choosing my words carefully, but what I am saying is racism s**ks and we can all do better in our household, educating ourselves and teaching our children to make it better.”
Revisiting the topic of HBCUs, she once again stated,
“National speeches like this will always rub people the wrong way just like white people will be offended because Spelman College is a historically Black college for women. You might feel funny about that. I know I’d feel funny, like I just told you. If there was a white college or whatever.”
It’s one thing to be overly opinionated about celebrity gossip, but when you decide to talk about racial issues in this day and age, especially when on a national platform, it would help to actually know the facts of what you are attempting to critique.
Check out the video below of Wendy putting her foot in her mouth:
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