TV host Wendy Williams apologized for what seems to be mocking ‘Joker’ actor Joaquin Phoenix upper lip scar.
She was accused of also insulting people who have the same situation, while they were talking about the star’s physical appearance.
She said, “When he shaves off his mustache, he’s got a hairline fracture. He’s got one of those… what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate”. And then she did a mouth gesture by pulling her top lip while saying, “I find it to be very attractive”. This prompted laughter from the audience.
She is now facing criticism from people. The TV host wrote on Twitter and said she wanted to apologize to the cleft community.
The Cleft Lip and Palate Association isn’t satisfied with her action. Spokeswoman Anna Martindale said during an interview that, “She did this on her show with millions upon millions of people watching, and I think she needs to apologize on her show as well.”
William’s daytime show was made for different stations in the country and made the remarks last week, the day after the Golden Globe Awards.
She was gesturing and putting her finger under her top lip and exposing her teeth and gums, and she was referring to Joaquin Phoenix scar “He’s got this, he’s got this.”
According to Martindale, people who are bullied would see this gesture as recognition of “as being like the first thing that bullies do.”
She continued, “With the sarcasm and how she was talking about him, it was obvious that she intended to mock him specifically for that. We work hard to kind of create a very positive space where people can feel empowered and confident about their future about their child’s future. No matter how much work other organizations like us and we do, we’ll never have as much impact as 10 seconds on the television from someone with that much of a viewership doing something like that.”
One of those people who are criticizing the tv host is UK TV presenter Carol Vardaman, an ambassador for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association, “Mimicking a cleft lip and making a joke about it, is disgraceful. Have you any idea the pain and operations a child with cleft must go through as they grow?”
On Wednesday, Williams apologized to Adam Bighill, who is with cleft lip and palate and his four-month-old son, Beau. After apologizing, he said he forgave her.
She shared on her Twitter, “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”.
Bighill’s responded with, “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”.
As for Phoenix, he rarely talks about that condition. The scar seems to be a microform cleft.
Non-face-to-face concert injuries…Full-scale preoccupation of SM and Big Hit online platforms
K-pop big-name K-pop agencies have jumped into the preoccupation of “online platforms.”
It has already been used as an important channel for K-pop to frequently meet fans from afar as it has been in full swing. However, due to the spread of COVID 19, ‘Uncontact (non-face-to-face) communication’ has become important, and the use of online platforms is in full swing.
SM Entertainment is a leading agency. SM recently signed an MOU with Naver to push for joint global projects to strengthen its global entertainment competitiveness.
By combining SM’s expertise in discovering and producing global artists and Naver’s based technology, the company will join forces in expanding the global market for its “Fanship” platform, a global membership community.
FANSHIP is a paid-in fan club community launched by Naver last year. Stars can manage their fan clubs themselves. It is also possible to disclose exclusive content for fans, and to check what activities fans have done and how much they have used the content.
Many singers as well as actors are already using FANSHIP. Naver is showing its willingness to further expand its overseas fan market by cooperating with globally popular SM singers.
Big Hit Entertainment, which owns the global group BTS, is already actively operating its own fan community platform, Weverse. It has been receiving positive responses for its convenience in easily checking singers’ schedules and communicating in real time.
There is also a special content that will be released only through Weverse. In November last year, BTS unveiled its own travel program “Bon Voyage” season 4 through Weverse. Previously, the series had been released on Naver’s V app channel.
Another feature of Weverse is that it works offline. BTS’ concert in Seoul in October last year was packed with tickets sold out, but it was possible not to line up thanks to its preorder of MDs through commerce platform Weverse Shop. He also sent messages to BTS members, checking the waiting time of the food zone through Weverse.
Earlier, Yoon Seok-joon, co-CEO of Big Hit, said about Weverse and Weverse Shop that it was one of Big Hit’s plans to build a “one-stop service with the music industry.”
Weverse was created by BeNX, a subsidiary of Big Hit. BTS, the team’s junior group “TXT,” and Source Music’s group “G-FRIEND,” which was incorporated as a big hit label last year, are communicating with fans through the platform.
Especially noticeable is that other teams from other agencies besides Big Hit have also entered Weverse. It is a group called “Seventeen” belonging to Pledis Entertainment. This is the moment when the influence of Big Hit and Weverse is gradually expanding.
The Fast Company, a U.S. economic media outlet, recently placed Big Hit on the list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2020” after Snap, Microsoft and Tesla, drawing attention to “Weverse” and “Weverse Shop.”
As seen in BTS’ fandom “ARMY,” loyal fans can help make the team a singer who can influence the world. An independent platform that can only be shared by stars and fans is important to make them a “hot community.”
Mandy Moore Almost Walked Away from Hollywood
Amid a divorce and challenges finding work, Mandy Moore asked herself whether it was worth it to continue acting in 2015.
“I just felt like I was at a point in my life where I was the most comfortable making myself the least priority, and I made myself as small as possible to make someone else comfortable.”
After filing for divorce in 2015, she just wanted to give up acting entirely.
“I had done four failed TV pilots. So, I was kind of at the point where I was like, ‘Maybe this acting this is done for me.’ Like, ‘Maybe I need to hang it up and go back to Florida, go to school, go try my hand at something else.’”
However, the 35-year-old actress never had to make that tough decision to go back home because she landed “This Is Us” in 2016.
Fans of the singer-actress know that she has been a celebrity for twenty years, starting at the age of 15.
A couple of years later, she was able to release five albums and had gotten to marry music producer Ryan Adams.
When she got married, Moore thought it would inspire her to be more creative, but it was reportedly such a toxic environment.
Moore and Ryan Adams were married from 2009 until 2016.
In 2019, Moore spoke against her ex-husband in an exposé published by the New York Times.
“Music was a point of control for him. He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument,” Moore continued, “They would write songs together and promised to record but didn’t follow through.”
Adams would even book them time in the studio, but later would just be replaced with other women.
According to the “Candy” singer, because of his controlling behaviour, it was difficult for her to make new connections in the industry, especially at a pivotal and potentially lucrative time. She was at her 20s by that time.
Mandy Moore says that her ex-husband yelling at her and making her feel inadequate and not good enough is psychologically abusive.
But her ex-husband commented on the interview saying that Moore’s “revelation” of their marriage is all lies.