Ok, So…Wendy Williams must not have grown up in a Pentecostal church like me. Or a Baptist one like you. Or an A.M.E house of worship like others. But no matter what Christian denomination, you were getting your whole life to at least one song from the legendary gospel group The Clark Sisters.
So Wendy’s ignorance led her to throwing some dirt on the name of the incomparable ones. If Wendy should be putting respek on anyone’s name, it should be The Clark Sisters.
In a “Hot Topics” segment on Wednesday, Wendy talked about how successful Snoop Doog’s debut gospel album has been. Entitled “Snoop Dogg Presents: Bible of Love,” she mentioned that the album reached No. 1 on the Billboard gospel albums chart.
Instead of just focusing on how incredible that accomplishment is, the 53-year-old decided to shade the living legends The Clark Sisters, saying that they should feel some type of way because not only were they not on the album, but she questioned whether they had even made it to the top of any music chart in their 40+ years’ career.
“If I were the Clark Sisters, would I be mad that Snoop got No. 1?” Wendy asked her audience. “You know the Clark Sisters, they’ve been doing gospel forever. Have they gotten No. 1?”
Now, why she pointed her finger at them, I have no idea. But she got real reckless when she told them that maybe they’re not working hard enough. Bish, whet?
“Well,” she sighed, “Step up your game.”
Now, we all know Wendy is known for her controversial (yet, sometimes nod-worthy) comments on celebrities, but what you don’t do is come for, not only legends in the game, but people stamped by “the blood of Jesus.”
Perhaps she didn’t know that Christians are, without a doubt, the most gangsta folks on the planet (like, seriously), but she learned on Wednesday.
Fellow gospel artists and brothers and sisters in Christ like Michelle Williams and Kirk Franklin came to the defense of the Clark Sisters, schooling Wendy on the ladies’ trailblazing and chart-topping accomplishments. Karen Clark Sheard’s daughter, Kierra, even had to get a whole essay in (and rightly so!).
After being scolded, Wendy (kind of) came to her senses yesterday. She didn’t exactly apologize. She just said that she actually loves the group and wants to extend an olive branch for them to come on The Wendy Williams Show to perform “You Brought The Sunshine,” which she claims to like.
“I didn’t mean anything bad…I like The Clark Sisters…This is what I’m going to do. Pack up some pretty dresses and come to New York.”
I personally believe a real apology is due. If the sisters appear on Wendy’s show, they would be doing her a favor, not the other way around. Do ya’ll think they should accept Wendy’s invitation?
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford