Wendy Williams is catching heat for saying that she was tired of the #MeToo movement.
The talk show host made the comments on-air Thursday when discussing the #MuteRKelly campaign, an effort to remove the beleaguered singer’s music from playing on Atlanta radio stations. R Kelly has a long history of sexual deviation and abuse of young women.
“What is this, ten years too late?” Williams said. “It’s not gonna work. Black people aren’t really good at protesting. Not since the King march.”
She also brought R Kelly’s marriage to Aaliyah into the mix, saying the deceased singer and other women abused by R Kelly should not be victims. She also believes that the R Kelly allegations should not be grouped with the overall movement.
“The #MeToo movement hasn’t affected R. Kelly,” she said. “R. Kelly wasn’t a ‘Me Too.’ Aaliyah voluntarily married him when she was 15 years old. Her parents voluntarily let her do it.”
She added: “I love that people are speaking up for the first time and coming out but I look at all men like you’re a ‘me too,’ all of em, all of em, which is not fair.”
Many on social media were not here for Williams’ comments. Tarana Burke, the #MeToo creator, took to her Twitter to respond:
“It is disgraceful that as wide as your audience is and as many young girls, many Black girls watch your show that you would openly victim blame like you did yesterday,” Burke tweeted. “You are the reason why we can’t make headway in our community around sexual violence. @WendyWilliams.”
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