Cher is pissed off — as in, all-caps PISSED OFF.
The singer’s ire is directed at Wendy Williams, whose recent segment about Juaquin Phoenix and cleft lips became an instant source of criticism after it aired last week.
In the bit, Williams noted that she finds the Joker star “oddly attractive,” adding that when he shaves, he has a lip scar. Then she mimed a cleft lip while continuing to talk. “He’s got one of those, what do you call it? Cleft lip. Cleft palate.” Williams and her live audience found it all quite amusing.
You can see the segment below at the 9:40 mark:
Others, like Canadian pro football player Adam Bighill, whose son was born with a cleft palate, were notably less amused.
“This is @WendyWilliams making fun of the cleft community on her TV show,” he tweeted.
“Are you kidding me??? We all have a responsibility to #EndBullying.”
“With her platform, like myself, we have a much higher responsibility when it comes to our actions. This is just terrible.”
This is @WendyWilliams making fun of the cleft community on her TV show. ????
Are you kidding me??? We all have a responsibility to #EndBullying
With her platform, like myself, we have a much higher responsibility when it comes to our actions. This is just terrible. pic.twitter.com/JrlS0RJs5D
— Adam Bighill (@Bighill44) January 10, 2020
Bighill posted about the incident each day that went by without an apology from Williams.
Along the way he dealt with comments like this:
Which is a great reason why @WendyWilliams may not be the best celebrity to have a show… smh.. some people… ?????
I feel embersssed for you, for that comment… https://t.co/Fj6qseiQam
— Adam Bighill (@Bighill44) January 14, 2020
He also posted about his son, Beau, going into surgery:
Today is Beau’s big day. He is getting his lip repaired today in Winnipeg by the fantastic Dr. Ross. Thanks to everyone who has reached out, and in advance, thanks for any of your well wishes for Beau. He is so loved! #cleftstrong #1in700 #cleftcutie pic.twitter.com/n3MxaLvl5f
— Adam Bighill (@Bighill44) January 15, 2020
That same day — five days after the segment aired, Williams finally apologized, and Bighill appeared to accept the gesture:
Thank you @WendyWilliams for your apology, your donation, and for thinking of Beau today for his surgery. I forgive you, and I encourage others to as well. I wish you all the best. https://t.co/JmYnRb8C8t
— Adam Bighill (@Bighill44) January 16, 2020
Cher, however, did not.
“DOES AN APOLOGY MAKE UP FOR THIS,” she tweeted along with photos of Phoenix and Williams:
She also explained why the issue means so much to her, ending with all call for Williams to be fired.
@WendyWilliams I Was Going To Try & Hold My Temper??BUT IM SO F-NG ANGRY I CANT?.
In 1985 I Made a Film Called
“MASK”??THROUGH THAT FILM I BECAME INVOLVED WITH CHILDREN,& ADULTS WHO HAD CRANIOFACIAL
ANOMALIES. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THESE PPL GO THROUGH??20+ OPERATIONS
— Cher (@cher) January 16, 2020
BEFORE THEIR TEENS??MUCH OF THE TIME THEY ARE IN PAIN,AFRAID,BUT HAVE HOPE ??THEY WILL LOOK NORMAL. THE?& FEAR THEIR PARENTS GO THROUGH IS UNBEARABLE. IF YOUR MOM SAW WHAT YOU DID SHE’D BE ASHAMED. MY MOM TAUGHT ME TO LOVE & HELP PPL IN PAIN.WHO ARE U??U SHOULD B FIRED
— Cher (@cher) January 16, 2020