Wendy Williams & Guest Make Transphobic Remarks on Talk Show
In a recent episode of "The Wendy Williams Show," host Wendy Williams and a panel of other media personalities discussed some hot-button issues, including a lawsuit filed by a transgender athlete who claims CrossFit discriminated against her, the Huffington Post reports.
Last week it was reported that Chloie Jonsson, 34, from Northern California, said CrossFit violated her rights under state law that bans discrimination based on gender identity. According to her complaint, Jonsson, a personal trainer, was born a male but has been living as a woman since a teen and underwent sex reassignment surgery eight years ago. Additionally, her birth certificate and other official documents all state she is female.
CrossFit allegedly refused Jonsson to participate in the women’s division of an upcoming CrossFit event, even though her documents state she is a woman. CrossFit allegedly denied the personal trainer because she was "born as a male" and, according her lawyer, CrossFit "said she has an advantage over other women because of the sex she was born with, and that is completely untrue, scientifically."
Jonsson is suing CrossFit for $2.5 millon.
When discussing the issue on her talk show, Williams said she agrees that Jonsson shouldn’t be allowed to compete against other women in the CrossFit event because, "this is an unfair advantage... you can take away female parts or male parts or whatever -- it’s like Chaz Bono! You know Chaz is a man now, but I bet she [sic] still fights like a girl like the rest of us and she’s [sic] not as strong as a man who was born a man," Williams said according to HuffPo, which also writes that members of the audience "appear to enthusiastically back up Williams’ claims that Jonsson should not be allowed to compete."
Judge Lynn Toler of "Divorce Court" was a member of the panel and offered her legal advise in defense of Jonsson, saying she has the right to compete against other women. Joe Paradavila of "The Todd Show," however, had a different view.
"Think about it. You look inside -- she’s got all guy muscles, and the juices! You know, I’m not a doctor or anything but inside her that’s all there," he’s quoted as saying.
As HuffPo notes, the clip of the discussion has been removed from "The Wendy Williams Show."
Since the episode aired, both Williams and Paradavila have responded criticism via Twitter.
Williams tweeted to HuffPo and Queerty and wrote: "Chloie Jonsson’s lawsuit issue has clearly split public opinion & needs more visibility."
She later wrote to her 1.3 million followers, "Didn’t mean to offend when discussing transgender topic. I’m a long LGBT ally & @GLAAD supporter & will use this 2b better educated on the T."
Paradavila replied to a Twitter user who wrote to him "Cue eyeroll at cis ppl @WendyWilliams @joepardavila @RealJudgeLynn who know nada abt #trans ppl," linking to the HuffPo article.
"@Andy_Marra I’m an idiot. Please accept my sincere and humble apologies for my comments," he replied.