Just days after opening up about her past addiction to cocaine, Wendy Williams is addressing claims that she is harsher to Black women than others when discussing their lives on her hit talk show, The Wendy Williams Show.
During her recent interview with Cosmopolitan, the former radio show host addressed the perception that she is unnecessarily mean to other Black women while not holding White celebrities to the same standards, a notion she finds ridiculous.
“I’ve heard that. But it’s not true,” shared Williams. “Those people are saying the wrong thing—it’s what they would like to believe, you see. Because I’m up here, so the only place that I can go is down.”
She went on to say some believe that false rhetoric because she’s an easy target herself.
“People love to throw stones at me, and I get it. It’s fun to make fun of me, because I put myself out there. I’m a large personality and I got the funny bone; I voice my opinion and then people get upset. But you tune in and watch every day, thank you!”
Williams went on, “People have accused me of bleaching my skin; of getting a nose job. They squint at my mom like, I didn’t know Wendy was Asian. I am Black all day, honey pie. I am Black and very proud. I’m not going to do the no-makeup, natural hair, whatever, beans, greens, lettuce, tomato, eh. But I’ve got more Black in my pinky than most of the gangsters behind their keyboards. You come out of your house and you do a talk show, let me see how far you get with your attitude.
“I’m fun! Right now I’m not, sorry. But I hate dumb women. And that goes for whatever color you are.”
Williams then admitted that the notion she wants to disassociate herself from her Blackness is a hurtful one.
“I don’t like when my own people say that I don’t want to be one of my own people. Like, really? Last time I checked, I didn’t marry a White man. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, though.”
Read her full interview here.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.