-By Soraya Joseph
Yesterday the queen of daytime TV (and all-time shade) took to her social media to share a throwback holiday pic of herself as a kid. Aware of the unapologetic adolescent phase that most pre-teens endure, Wendy braced fans with an honest disclaimer that she was more or less, well, “awkward.”
Sadly, it didn’t take long for followers and cyber bullies to whiff out their next victim and send Wendy’s pic viral for all the wrong reasons. And what started off as an innocent IG pic soon turned into ruthless memes, tweets and comments dragging Wendy within an inch of her self-esteem.
Why did Wendy photoshop her head on El Chapo's body? pic.twitter.com/aKbqXPK85S
— (@dafakerihanna) December 23, 2016
searching Wendy Williams on twitter was a big mistake omg I hope she sees all the tweets and cries.
— skittles. (@chasemylovex) December 23, 2016
Wendy Williams literally made a career of talking shit & degrading people & we're supposed to feel bad bc she's built like a linebacker?
— Slim ✨ (@_liltigg) December 23, 2016
Wendy Williams looking like Binky from Arthur pic.twitter.com/BjApvpGlwI
— Blessings Coming (@PthaGoat8) December 22, 2016
Wendy Williams as a kid: who wants to play tag? Rest of the class: pic.twitter.com/HVzPuywwGj
— Rell (@Rell_ASTRO) December 22, 2016
Others, however, chose to clapback at those dissing Wendy’s throwback, pointing out that two wrongs don’t make a right:
Y'all still out here shaming Wendy Williams's body?
You're literally no better than her. pic.twitter.com/RRmw0pE6lY
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) December 22, 2016
Us: "body shaming is wrong and gross"
Also us: "LMAOOOO Wendy Williams built like a deception "
— HAPPY FESTIVUS (@JVMES_BVTTLE) December 23, 2016
Look at all the feminist joking on Wendy Williams's appearance.
— DADITO CALDERONE (@TAXSTONE) December 23, 2016
Had to unfollow for that one. I hate Wendy Williams. But I love little black girls and y'all not about to diss little black girls on the TL
— Eva Sativa☭ (@onlineva) December 23, 2016
Wendy Williams doesn't deserve all that flack for her TB photo she posted, its tasteless, rude and just plain wrong, love yourself.
— brandon (@deansrollins) December 23, 2016
However, disses are nothing new to Wendy. The 5’11 talk show host has opened up on her show about being referred to as everything from “Wendy Wale-iams” to a “man,” all throughout grade school and her career. Those that dragged Wendy even defended their reason for doing so by pointing out Wendy’s history of coming for celebs.
One thing is for sure is that at the age of 52, Wendy has gone on record to say she’s developed tough skin and of course, point out her success as the best revenge.
Honestly, the bigger issue here is the lack of consideration for the not-so-perfect children and teens reading the comments. The ones who have yet to overcome their “awkward” phase of life and instead, are in the middle of it. There is already so much pressure for young girls and examples like these, from adults nonetheless, don’t help. As one fan pointed out:
All these misogynistic posts about Wendy Williams body shape as a child make me really uncomfortable.
— Bald Baby (@heauxkage_) December 23, 2016
Wendy Williams has always been honest about her surgeries, and now comedian Michelle Buteau is getting honest too: