Talk show host Wendy Williams is getting flak yet again for making insensitive transgender-related comments—this time, over her comments regarding Bruce Jenner and his recent change in appearance. Bruce Jenner, the former Olympian and ex-spouse of Kris Jenner, became the subject of the “Hot Topics” segment in Wendy Williams’ talk show.
Williams zoned in on a recent picture of Jenner that showed the TV personality sporting dark pink nail polish on his neatly manicured fingers. Wendy Williams discussed the various changes that Jenner underwent in recent years. “He started by shaving down his Adam’s apple. Then we’ve seen him with a beautiful blowout. … You know, he seems to be going through something. But to add fuel to the fire, to celebrate his 65th birthday, he treated himself to a bright pink manicure”, the talk show host said.
A misquote from The Wrap made matters worse for Williams:
“Thank God he waited for his kids to grow up before making this transition or whatever it is he’s going through. Can you imagine how awful it would be for those kids if he showed up with a blowout, a shaved Adam’s apple, pink nail polish and smoking a cigarette at a PTA meeting? Could you imagine?”
The quote has since been corrected, but not before GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis issued a statement saying “To suggest that a person’s nail polish colour or hairstyle would inflict harm on their children is just ludicrous. What does inflict harm, however, is gross and invasive speculation about a person’s gender identity.”
This isn’t the first time that Williams has speculated on Jenner’s sexuality. In a previous episode, she teased Jenner by saying “Bruce Jenner is reportedly dating… a woman! And her name is Ron…da”.
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She was referring to Jenner’s alleged relationship with Ronda Kamihira, who was Kris Jenner’s former assistant and confidant. The two reportedly began dating immediately right after Bruce and Kris’ divorce became public last September.