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Fans Are Angry After Wendy Williams Makes Fun Of Joaquin Phoenix's Cleft Lip

Taylor Sakellis 13 Jan 2020

Another day, another controversial Wendy Williams moment.

She doesn't give us A MINUTE to catch our breath!

Last week, Twitter was not happy with the controversial talk show host after she called out Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban for "only" donating 500k to the Australian wildfires.

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She brought up the couple's donation during her "Hot Topics" segment.

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While discussing how much the Kardashian/Jenner family had donated, Wendy admitted she found herself judging Australian celebrities for not giving more.

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"These girls aren't even Australian," she said of the Kar/Jens.

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"I'm not saying they shouldn't donate, I'm just saying."

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"The Urbans are Australian," she continued.

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"You got two Australians, the Keith and the Nicole, and they donated $500,000" Wendy started.

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"That would be $250,000 a piece... That's it?! That's it?!" she continued.

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"These are your people. These are your countrymen, and that's all you do?" Wendy remarked.

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"Where do the Urbans get off with $500,000 simple dollars? I don't mean to judge," she concluded.

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Now THIS week, a clip of Wendy Williams (from that SAME EPISODE) mocking a cleft lip has been making it's way around Twitter.

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While discussing Joaquin Phoneix, Wendy admits she finds him "oddly attractive."

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She then goes on to talk about his cleft lip: "And when he shaves off his moustache he’s got a hairline fracture. He’s got one of those... what do you call it? Cleft lip palette."

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She then proceeds to lift up the corner of her mouth with her finger to mimic a cleft lip for several seconds while the audience laughs.

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Twitter is beyond upset with Wendy's comments.

"Calling a cleft lip “hair lip” is INCREDIBLY offensive!!!" wrote one Twitter user.

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According to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association, a cleft lip/palate is the most common craniofacial abnormality that babies can be born with.

In fact, one in 700 babies are born with a cleft!

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The CLAPA website reads: "In early pregnancy, different parts of a baby’s face develop separately and then join together. If some parts do not join properly, the baby is born with a cleft."

"Most of the time, a cleft is caused by genetic and environmental factors coming together in a way which can’t be predicted or prevented."

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"Have you any idea the pain and operations a child with cleft must go through as they grow?" wrote CLAPA ambassador Carol Vorderman.

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Twitter users with a cleft have been speaking out on Twitter and sharing their stories and experiences.

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Wendy's actions were seen as bullying.

"Are you kidding me??? We all have a responsibility to #EndBullying," wrote football player Adam Bighill.

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In fact, Bighill has been asking Wendy for an apology for several days now.

It's been trending on Twitter!

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What do you think about Wendy's comments?

Let us know in the comments below.

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