Wendy Williams
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Wendy Williams is notorious for her apathetic attitude and ability to poke fun at celebrities and people in general, but in a recent episode, the talk show host crossed the line. 

Williams brought up Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix and how she found him "strangely attractive." She then went on to mock Phoenix's upper lip scar, which she thought was from a cleft palate surgery. For nearly 10 seconds, the host pulled her lip up and mocked a cleft lip, and the internet rightfully clapped back. 

The infamous gossip queen has made people mad in the past and rarely apologizes for it, but this time she retracted her words and made a donation to an organization that helps people with cleft palates. 

The moment was so incredibly rude and inconsiderate. 

At 10:30, Williams begins talking about her attraction to A-lister Joaquin Phoenix, but it all goes downhill when she mimics cleft palate syndrome by pulling up her upper lip. The imitation was uncalled for and so wrong. It took her days before she recognized that she had been insensitive. 

People in the cleft community were rightfully outraged.

People who are affected or know others who are affected by cleft palates were hurt and outraged that Williams had used her platform for this kind of bullying. But some of Williams' supporters just said that that's how she is. 

One person wrote, "Wendy Williams mocking cleft lips is not okay At All. Pulling your lip up like that and saying someone is attractive even with it is insulting. My son is gorgeous. Point blank. There is no 'even with' or 'in spite of' or whatever else. So tired of the bs."

Canadian football player Adam Bighill was one of her biggest critics. 

Bighill and his son were born with cleft palates, so the attack felt personal. He called out Williams right away on Twitter for the heinous moment every day until she publicly apologized. 

He wrote, "Day 3 We are still waiting for a @WendyWilliams apology to the cleft community. Outside of that, seeing everyone come together on social media to rally around her comments and actions has been truly amazing. It’s clear we are making progress towards being able to #endbullying."

Williams did end up apologizing and donated to two cleft palate organizations in Bighill's son's name. 

"We’re thinking about Beau today as he is in surgery. I want to apologize to the cleft community and in Beau’s honor, our show is donating to @operationsmile and @AmerCleftPalate and encourage our Wendy Watchers to learn more and help support the cleft community," Williams tweeted to Bighill. 

Some cleft palate organizations didn't think that her apology and donations were enough. 

Even though Williams brought up her wrongdoing on social media, many think she should still issue a public statement on her show. The Cleft Lip and Palate Association called her out as well on their Twitter account. "CLAPA is calling on @WendyWilliams to issue a public, on air apology for her ignorant, offensive actions on her show this week, and to educate herself about the reality of cleft lip and palate around the world."

But, Bighill encouraged others to opt for forgiveness. 

Even after going after Williams in the days following her horrible comment, Bighill showed forgiveness after Williams apologized on Twitter and sent in a donation. 

"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," he wrote.