I try to make it a general practice to ignore the musings of “celebrities” (and the term is used loosely here) who are being mean simply for the purpose of being mean. But this one is particularly curious so I thought I’d share.
As we’ve reported, talk show host Wendy Williams has undergone quite a few personal struggles in the past two years. She famously passed out on live television in her Halloween costume, having to take a few days off as a result. Fans have noticed more and more that during her shows she remains seated a majority of the time. And most recently, she appeared wearing a sling around her arm and slurring her words. Wendy explained that the painkillers she took for her shoulder injury caused her to slur her speech. But rumors are circulating that there’s more to the story than what she’s sharing. And all the theories tie back to her relationship with husband Kevin Hunter.
There are people who believe Wendy and Kevin, who also works as her manager, were involved in some type of domestic dispute, which would explain the cast. There theories that he got his longtime mistress, a woman who reportedly lives very close to them, pregnant. And then there have been rumors and reports that Wendy’s health condition is far more severe that just an injured shoulder.
With a career as long and sordid as Wendy’s has been, it’s no surprise that Wendy has upset some people over the years. Still, in light of her recent health issues, most people have been silent about her health challenges. But strangely Cherie Johnson, known for her roles on “Punkie Brewster” and “Family Matters,” took to her Instagram page to share her thoughts on Wendy’s misfortune.
“This is my last ain’t sh*t, talking sh*t post of 2018. Hey Wendy, I heard that your husband got his mistress pregnant for the second time and you about to play step momma again. Now, it seems like Kevin got that super sperm, how come you ain’t getting pregnant. Oh, that’s right. How you doing, William? Karma’s a bitch. You need to leave people alone 2019. Find Jesus. Be a nicer person.”
I watched the video a few times wondering if there was a message in the message that I may have missed. But I couldn’t find it. Then I Googled “Cherie Johnson + Wendy Williams” to see if the two had some type of history together that I didn’t know about. I should have known better though because the chances of Wendy talking about Cherie Johnson would be slim to none.
Over the years, Wendy has said some horrible things on her radio show and more recently on air. Quite a bit of it has been things we ourselves thought but would never say and some of it has been quite mean-spirited and, at times, antiBlack. We’ve written extensively and consistently about the problematic nature of her comments. Anyone who has studied her career will tell you that she’s made a discussing the lowest moments of other people’s lives and not often with compassion.
Still, I don’t take any pleasure in her suffering. I don’t know Wendy outside of her public persona. And since I don’t know her, I don’t feel like any of us have the right to speak on what type of punishment or aliments she “deserves” in life. But even if we did, I think we can all agree that celebrating the speculation that a woman’s husband cheated and impregnated someone else or maybe physically abusing her is not the thing to do. Not just because it’s wrong, particularly as another woman–but because there are a lot of women who haven’t spent decades doing what Wendy’s done, who are undergoing the same challenges. And listening to Cherie Johnson, they may have felt they too have done something to “deserve” this type of mistreatment and abuse.
Not to mention, I have a real problem with people bringing God into their own messiness. Given her own statements, Johnson might want to accompany Wendy on her journey to find Jesus.
What do you make of Johnson’s comments? Did she take things too far or was she well within her right given Wendy Williams’ history?