Television host Wendy Williams made a lot of people upset during a recent Hot Topics segment on her talk show. She was talking about how 'oddly attractive' Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix is, saying "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," using her finger to pull on her upper lip.
An October 2019 Vanity Fair editorial about Joaquin described the scar as a "nonsurgical scar" that he was born with rather than a "surgically fixed cleft." While Phoenix has yet to comment on Wendy's controversial segment, plenty of people weighed in, calling for her to make a formal apology. She has since said via Twitter that she's making donations to Operation Smile.