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Wendy Williams Hit With Major Backlash After Mocking Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Cleft Palate’

Wendy Williams Hit With Major Backlash After Mocking Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Cleft Palate’”

The talk show host mocked 2020 Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix's apparent cleft palate on her January 7 show - and fans and activists are getting upset about it a week later.

While mentioning his "piercing eyes", after his win at the Golden Globes the previous weekend, she said, "When he shaves off his moustache he's got a hairline fracture".

The Bombers linebacker and his son, Beau, were both born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. But, Wendy Williams did not stop there, she further in the show, hooked her finger in her lips and tried to imitate the common birth defect.

The Wendy Williams Show host has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry as a outcome of her unfiltered nature, and while many of her viewers love it, it can still get her into trouble sometimes.

Phoenix, 45, has never formally spoken about the cause of the scar on his lip - and viewers are not taking Williams' actions lightly.

Bighill, an advocate against bullying, relentlessly posted on his social media pages calling for her apology and a donation to chairty. "I want to apologize to the cleft community and in Beau's honor, our show is donating to [Operation Smile] and [American Cleft Palate -Craniofacial Association] and encourage our Wendy Watchers to learn more and help support the cleft community", she tweeted.

Bighill's son, Beau, underwent surgery on Wednesday.

The talk show host, Wendy Williams openly made fun of the Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix's cleft lip. "Have you any idea the pain and operations a child with cleft must go through as they grow?" Williams hasn't addressed the social media comments yet and probably won't.



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