In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, the outspoken talk show host asked her studio audience on Thursday who was planning to celebrate Galentine’s Day, an unofficial holiday created on the NBC show “Parks & Recreation” where women celebrate the other women in their lives.
Williams switched gears when she noticed some men in the audience applauding.
“If you’re a man and you’re clapping, you’re not even a part of this,” said Williams, 55. “You don’t understand the rules of the day. It’s women going out and getting saucy and then going back home. You’re not a part.”
She continued: “I don’t care if you’re gay. You don’t get a (menstruation) every 28 days. You can do a lot that we do, but I get offended by the idea that we go through something you will never go through.”
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Williams didn’t stop there. She instructed the LBGTQ community to “stop wearing our skirts and our heels,” referencing the androgynous style of stars like Billy Porter.
“Looky here now, gay men, you’ll never be the woman that we are. No matter how gay,” Williams added.
Her remarks were immediately denounced as “transphobic” and “homophobic” across social media, with many calling for the star to be “canceled,” referring to a form of boycott.
“@WendyWilliams how you doin? Im ashamed of your homophobic beliefs. You lost my support. I thought you were bigger than that,” user @mykeyb420 tweeted.
Netflix’s “Queer Eye” fashionista Tan France posted a picture of himself in heels on Instagram, sharing the hashtag, “#GayHeelsForWendy” so “she can see your FABULOUS pics in heels!”
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“Hearing @WendyWilliams go on a transphobic and homophobic rant today has me deciding to never ever support her again,” user @RebelHeart311 tweeted.
User @MindofMendoza added: “Cancel #WendyWilliams show. I’ll never watch this show ever again. We have to stop giving ratings to the people DONT care about us queer and trans people.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Williams’ rep for comment.