Wendy Williams Tweets Half-Apology For Offensive Trans Comments

Word for Word Author 2013: Wendy WilliamsIf you found any part of Wendy William’s panel discussion on transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson offensive, she’d like you to know it wasn’t her intention. It’s not an apology per se, but an acknowledgment is going to have to do. And it’s not the worst start.

Williams took to Twitter — the ultimate half-assed apology medium for the information age — to clarify her thoughts.

If you missed it, Williams called out Jonsson for having an unfair advantage in CrossFit competition because “you can take away female parts or male parts or whatever — it’s like Chaz Bono! You know Chaz is a man now, but I bet she [sic] still fights like a girl like the rest of us and she’s [sic] not as strong as a man who was born a man.”

Her guest Joe Pardavila sealed the deal by adding, “Think about it. You look inside — she’s got all guy muscles, and the juices! You know, I’m not a doctor or anything but inside her that’s all there.”

He’s also apologized, much more sincerely we might add:

The clip of the panel has been removed from YouTube.

We aren’t exactly wowed by William’s half apology, but we’re happy that the experience left her wanting more education on the matter.

Which is really what it comes down to — most people have zero to slim exposure with transgender people, and understandably don’t quite know how to navigate the topic.

We just hope in the future that anyone slotted to appear on national television to discuss transgender issues will take the extra effort to do some homework. When ill-informed opinions are broadcast for the masses, nobody wins.

Seems like a reasonable request.

How about an on-air clarification, Wendy? Perhaps like you, your audience would benefit from being “better educated on the T.”