Wendy Williams was slammed for saying gay men should “stop wearing our skirts and our heels” on an episode of her daytime talk show that aired Thursday.
During the Hot Topics gossip segment of “The Wendy Williams Show,” she asked who in the audience would be celebrating Galentine’s Day, the Valentine’s Day alternative popularized on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.”
“Well, first of all, if you’re a man and you’re clapping, you’re not even a part of this,” Williams said. “You don’t even understand the rules of the day. It’s women going out and getting saucy and then going back home. You’re not a part.”
“I don’t care if you’re gay,” Williams said, adding that gay men don’t menstruate 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.”
Williams went on to say: “And stop wearing our skirts and our heels,” which some interpreted as a dig at “Pose” star Billy Porter. “Just sayin’ girls, what do we have for ourselves?”
Representatives for Williams and her show declined to comment Thursday.
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Her remarks drew applause from the audience and swift backlash online.
“I say this as someone who once made a (very, very, very small) name for himself writing takedown pieces about celebs who said homophobic (and other stupid) sh–,” one Twitter user wrote, “— but @WendyWilliams is just a mess and really isn’t worth your rage and it’d be better spent on someone/thing worthier.”
“#WendyWilliams going on an anti #trans rant for no good reason. Whining about periods as though periods are what’s most important about women,” someone else tweeted. “Sorry, Wendy. You’re not the decider of who can be a woman. Every person gets to decide who they are.”
A handful of Twitter users defended Williams, who spent more than 20 years as a radio show host before she began hosting “The Wendy Williams Show” in 2008.
“Wendy Williams called out the appropriation of womanhood and I’m LOVING IT,” said one tweet.
While another tweet said: “Thank you for saying what we as women want to scream everyday.“
Later in the segment, Williams said she stands by what she says on her show.
“So, you know, I tell you every day, and I mean this, and I’m going to keep drilling it in your mind: It is so scary coming out here and sitting here by myself with my loose mouth and my slick humor,” Williams said. “And, you know, I’m by myself. I can’t blame anybody but me.”
“I say it, and I mean it,” she added.