Wendy William (L) 's comments about actor Joaquin Phoenix caused a breakdown. When he shaves his mustache he has a hairline fracture, he has one of those - what do you call it? He's got one of those... what do you call it?
On Wednesday, she finally sent a public message on Twitter to Bighill, offering an apology and a donation to both Operation Smile and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association in Beau's honour. She pulled up her own lip and continued talking as the crowd laughed: 'He's got this.
Williams has since reached out to Bighill, apologizing and wishing his son Beau well. "Cleft lip palette", says Wendy, proceeding to lift up the corner of her mouth with her finger to mimic a cleft lip. Corey Perry, however, chose to take it one step further by starting a petition - which has garnered 33,000+ signatures and counting as of Thursday afternoon (January 16) - on behalf of her friends Val and Andre, who have a son with a "bilateral cleft lip, hard and soft palate", to have Wendy fired. Promoting bullying, with her platform, that's IRRESPONSIBLE!
Williams has not yet addressed the backlash to her comments.
According to a Vanity Fair story published in October, Phoenix, who is nominated for an Oscar for "Joker", has a nonsurgical scar on his upper lip that he was born with that is not the result of surgery for a cleft.
But Williams may have crossed the line on a January 7 episode of her show in which she mocked Joaquin Phoenix's cleft palette. The football player shared a photo of son Beau before he went into surgery, which led Wendy to apologise.
Which is precisely what she did five days later on the day Beau was in surgery " getting his lip repaired". Wendy specifically apologised while encouraging her show viewers to "learn more" about supporting the community.
Williams also said her show was making donations to United States charities Operation Smile and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Thank you all for coming together, I can't tell you what it means for me to see your love / support!
Even after her apology, Twitter customers appear actually cross with Williams and are nonetheless condemning her on social media for her unsympathetic and callous phrases.