Dear Wendy Williams:
The purpose of this letter is to ask you some questions that have truly been bothering me concerning you. First, are you really a woman? I am not trying to be disrespectful or nothing, but there are serious reasons for me asking you this question. If I offend you in any way by asking you this question, I do apologize. The reason I feel comfortable asking you this query is you feel comfortable with getting into everyone’s business, so I thought that it would be fine for me to ask you a question of this type. Again, if this question is offensive, I do apologize. If you are not a man, then why does it seem like you are so uncomfortable when you close your legs with your skirts on?
What is it about gossip that motivates you in such a way that you live for it—even developed a talk show on BET that celebrates gossip? Do you ever think about how much emotional damage you do to people with your obsessive coverage and inquiry into the most personal dimensions of their lives? I would encourage you to think critically about how you might cover the personal lives of people in a much more respectful, less exploitative, and more equitable way.
Did you get breast implants? If so, are you happy with the size of your breasts?
I must say that I do watch your talk show on BET quite frequently. The reason I watch your show is not that I’m interested in it really, but because I have to stay abreast of Black popular culture in my area of expertise. I would love to see you transition your show into a more traditional talk show, instead of the crass gossip talk show it is today. When you elect to discuss the things that you do on your show, I would like for you to think about how you are negatively representing Black people on television. Is making money that important to you that you would be willing to exploit your own race?
I wish you all of the best! Have a great day!
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison