Wendy Williams became the subject of social media's fury, recently, after she made some bold and arguably problematic comments about R. Kelly's child pornography scandal, the #MeToo movement and the effectiveness of Black protesters.
During the "Hot Topics" segment of her morning talk show, Williams started things off by brashly stating that she's "sick of this #MeToo movement" before expounding on her point, which her audience applauded in either agreement or discomfort.
"I love that people are speaking up for the first time and speaking out and everything, but now... I look at all men like you're a #MeToo, all of them, all of them, which is not fair," she said.
While these comments seemed to receive a lukewarm response, at best, from her "co-hosts," they seemed to be a point of attempted redemption for the notorious gossiper as she first introduced the topic while mentioning a grassroots campaign to have R. Kelly's concerts canceled. It was in this breath that she made some disgusting claims about Black protesters that have proven to be false, especially in recent years.
"It's not gonna work," she said. "Black people are not very good at protesting, not since the King march. It's not going to work."
That's not all. Things took an even sharper turn for the worse when she weaved in the #MeToo movement with R. Kelly's former relationship with the late R&B singer Aaliyah and the minor whom he allegedly recorded a sex tape with.
"See, there's so many people that are like, 'He didn't do it,' or whatever. The #MeToo movement hasn't affected R. Kelly because R. Kelly, he wasn't a #MeToo," she said. "Aaliyah voluntarily married him when she was 15 years old and her parents voluntarily let her do it when she was 15 years old. And that little girl that I saw with my own eyeballs that he urinated on and he had his way with, was there at his house. She let it go down."
R. Kelly has since been cleared of the 14 counts of child pornography back in 2008 after a sex tape had surfaced of him and a girl who was rumored to be as young as 13. He has since denied being in the video, at all, and even claimed that the alleged victim was not her.
"The multiple allegations of R. Kelly holding women in his own home. Where are their parents?" Williams continued. "This is a whole different thing. It has nothing to do with #MeToo. R. Kelly is just a very, very sick man."
Take a look at the segment below:
Upon hearing Williams' comments, Twitter lit her up, with many clocking her for her ignorant, often one-sided and frankly confusing views:
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