Foot in mouth syndrome is real. It’s that tendency by some to make remarks that are embarrassingly wrong or inappropriate. US Talk show star, Wendy Williams had a case of it late last week and was forced to apologise to the gay community after a quirk she made on her show about members of the community.
It all started on Valentine’s Day, when during her Hot Topic segment, Wendy addressed the unofficial “Galentine’s Day,” alternative celebrating female friendship and introduced by the TV series “Parks and Recreation.”
“If you’re a man and you’re clapping, you’re not even a part of this,” Williams told the audience. “I don’t care if you’re gay. You don’t get a [menstrual period] 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. Stop wearing our skirts and our heels,” she said, adding,“You’ll never be the woman that we are, no matter how gay!”
The firestorm of criticism then followed. Many accused Williams of being homophobic and although the host hadn’t mentioned the transgender community by name, some interpreted the remarks as transphobic as well.
In her apology, Williams said she did not mean to hurt anyone’s feelings, saying that she lives and let live, everyday, as life if too short.