Wendy Williams has lost her Chevrolet sponsorship due to some offhanded comments she made in reference to HBCUs (Historical Black Colleges & Universities) and the NAACP. Following Jesse Williams's speech at the BET awards, which aired on June 26, 2016, the talk show host expressed her personal opinions about his sentiments that have landed her in hot water with African-Americans and now her sponsors. During her opening segment called “Hot Topics” she suggested that HBCUs are offensive to white people and questioned the need for their existence. She went on to say that having an organization such as the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Color People) was also a hypocrisy if Black people in America truly seek racial equality. Upon listening to her comments her own audience fell silent either in disbelief or because they knew she had just placed her proverbial foot in her mouth. None the less, the twitterverse erupted and immediately began slamming Williams with a barrage of insults and comments about her blatant ignorance. Renowned journalist, Roland Martin addressed the former shock jock directly on his show suggesting that she educate herself before speaking out in regards to political issues. He even went so far as to direct her to “stick to gossip, stick to stupid stuff, stay out of real issues,” cried Martin.
Apparently all of the negative attention that the social pundit and her show has received in light of her remarks was more than Chevrolet, the shows newest advertising affiliate could handle and subsequently disassociated themselves with all things Wendy Williams. This Thursday, July 14 the show will host Roland Martin in order for him and Williams to discuss her comments and his response to them. Check your local listings to see what time The Wendy Williams Show airs in your area. If you miss the daytime episode because you’re at work don’t worry, ironically the show re-runs at a later time on BET (Black Entertainment Television); which is a cable network geared toward African-Americans, featuring African-Americans and ran by African-Americans. Now who's the hypocrite? What do you think about Wendy Williams and her commentary on HBCUs? Leave your comments below.
By Lisa Mack ~
By Lisa Mack ~