Wendy Williams Slammed By Fans After Imitating Joaquin Phoenix’s Cleft Lip
Wendy Williams has never seemed to shy away from speaking her mind. The talk show host has been known to call out celebrities over things she personally doesn’t agree with — and she’s certainly received her share of flak in return. However, on a recent episode of The Wendy Williams Show, Williams made a move that offended a variety of people. She imitated Joaquin Phoenix’s cleft lip, and suffice it to say, it has not gone over well.
Joaquin Phoenix, who recently won the Golden Globe for Best Actor based on his performance in Joker, was born with a mild cleft lip. He bears a small, nonsurgical scar as a result.
During the “Hot Topic” portion of her show, Wendy Williams discussed Joaquin Phoenix and his face. “When he shaves that off, and the way he looks at you. And he’s got that good nose, it dips way down. Like he’s happy with it,” said Williams, while making the shape of a long nose with her fingers.
“And when he shaves off his mustache he’s got a hairline fracture. He’s got one of those, what do you call that, cleft lip, cleft palate.” Williams then inserted her finger under her upper lip and pulled it upwards in an aggressive imitation of a cleft lip.
“He’s got this, he’s got this. No, I find it to be very attractive,” continued Williams with her finger still pulling her lip upwards.