Wendy Williams will likely be backpedalling with the transgender community for a joke she delivered on her talk show Wednesday morning about Caitlyn Jenner.
When speaking about the newest cover of women’s magazine mainstay, Cosmopolitan, Wendy noted that the cover featured all of the Kardashian women — except Caitlyn. Instead of questioning why the magazine chose not to feature Jenner along with the rest of the females of the Kardashian family, Williams used to moment to make a joke about Caitlyn not yet qualifying as a real woman without going through the final stages of gender reassignment surgery. Skip ahead to 14:10 to see the full clip below.
“It features all the Kardashian women. No, not [Jenner]. Caitlyn still has a member, so that is not a—”
While the Jenner joke seemed to land well with Wendy’s audience — there is at least no audible booing amid the laughter in the video — a look offstage to her producers showed that at least one of them, who shook his head and looked away, might have realized that her misgendering of Caitlyn was bound to irk the transgender community.
Perhaps sensing that it might not have been the most opportune way to mock Jenner, Williams paused and attempted to deliver one final punchline to the gag before moving on.
“I mean until you don’t[have a member], aren’t you caught in limbo?”
A few audience members yelled out “yes” to this question about Caitlyn before Wendy moved on. Closing out the segment on the Cosmo cover, she once again emphasized that the women of the Kardashian family had topped the magazine this week. Williams also noted that “word on the street” was that Khloe had actually looked the best before all of the airbrushing.
Only a few hours after Wendy made the remark about Jenner, several publications rolled out negative articles about her comments, and members of the transgender community took to Twitter to express their annoyance with the host’s claim that Caitlyn was not actually a Kardashian woman yet.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) October 7, 2015
Of course, just like the Williams audience, not everyone was so quick to defend Jenner. Some actually agreed with Wendy’s remarks that Caitlyn was not yet a woman and commended her for saying so.
— louise (@Louisektay) October 7, 2015
Williams might not have expressed her observation about Jenner’s absence in the most tactful way, but it’s true no one knows exactly why Caitlyn was not featured along with the rest of the women. There are several rumors circulating that some of the fallout in the family over Jenner’s transition hasn’t completely been fixed. On the newest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloe opened up about being annoyed with Caitlyn for some of the comments she had made in the press about her marriage to Kris.
“Do as many articles as you want and do as many great things for the transgender community, but how does that mean bashing my mom?… I am all for [Jenner] screaming from the rooftops about her transition. I think it’s beautiful and I think Caitlyn should take pride in everything that she’s doing and the strength that it takes to do what she’s doing on such a public platform. That being said, [Jenner] does not need to tear anyone else down to build herself up.”
Wendy Williams saying Caitlyn Jenner is not a woman isn’t the only recent controversy for the talk show host. After suggesting that Terrence Howard be fired from his lead role in the hit show Empire last week, the actor responded on Twitter — calling her “irresponsible and hurtful,” reported Us Weekly.
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