Wendy Williams Apologizes To Drag Queens

Published by Dior Noir on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm.

Wendy Williams ShowThe Wendy Williams Show has issued a formal apology to drag performer Erickatoure Aviance, who was told that she would be removed from the audience if she tried to appear on camera.

According to The Advocate, Aviance was standing in line for the show when an executive told her that she was in violation of a “no-costumes” dress code policy.  She was allowed to stay, but was moved to be seated out of camera view and was advised her that she would be asked to leave if she drew any attention to herself or tried to ask Wendy Williams (read our interview here, Wendy responds to criticism that she mocks the gay community) a question from the audience.

Aviance noted that she wasn’t even rocking the most outlandish of all audience members:  “I was wearing a ponytail piece and a bang piece. It was much less hair than Wendy was wearing and, p.s., much less hair than any of the other black women in the audience. There were big blond bouffants, lots of church makeup, party dresses, blue mohawks — and I’m made to feel like some sort of clown? No, it definitely wasn’t about what I was wearing. It was because I was a man in a dress.”

They show tried to make nice  with the following statement that Lonnie Burstein, executive vice president of programming and production for Debmar-Mercury (the company behind The Wendy Williams Show) issued to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:

Much of the success of The Wendy Williams Show is due to our incredibly diverse and colorful audience and we all agree that fashion is a true form of self expression. But in an attempt to explain and enforce our show’s dress code, I was not as sensitive as I could have been to Ericka, the LGBT community, or drag’s long history of being a target of discrimination. And for that, I sincerely apologize as it was never my intention to offend in any way.”

That’s a start, but hopefully Wendy checks her staff!  As many times as Wendy has joked about being a drag queen herself (with her huge wigs and attention-grabbing fashions), there’s no reason why this sould’ve ever gone down on her show.


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James Said on

well iam gald to hear that they have worked ever thing out hopefully. but i did not know that was going on as a issue on her show and we the gay community are the main one’s who suppor the show. so they better get it togther but people in the world need to realize we as the gay community are here to stay we are not going any i mean any where you can’t push us around any more get use to it HONEY where standing our ground.

debrakilgore Said on

Wendy looks like a man every day. Why would there be a problem with an audience member?

Ms. Leia Said on

A very hypocritical situation — not sure why this would go down at The Wendy Williams show of all places, but discrimination doesnt discriminate in regards to location… shame.

Mr. Owens Said on

Who does wendy williams think she is?…i honestly thought she was a man in drag when i first seen or heard about her!! she needs to stop being so judgemental towards ppl because we reap what we sow plan & simple!…….GOD BLESS…….P.S= STOP HATING ON 50 CENT HE’S A PERSON TRYING TO LIVE HIS LIVE !!

Miss Kitty Boo Said on

Wendy Willams is Pist I know: She hangs out with all homos: Look at her myspace http://www.myspace.com/misskalisha

WTF Said on

Why would this be a problem for her. Who does she think tune in to watch and has help her reach the fame that she has. One would think she is a drag anyway. Get a grip Wendy it isn’t that serious.

Nadia Said on

Why yall going off on WENDY.. WENDY didnt do nothing, HER STAFF did… damn…

Mo Said on

HELLO!!! Did u people even read the blog? An executive told the audience member to not cause a scene. NOT Wendy Williams. Its very possible that she didn’t even know what went down until after it all blew up.

Lady C Said on

she looks like a man so ii dnt see y she should say sorry

ME'CHY Said on

Wendy williams U R A drag queen,takes 1 2 know 1,I know u get $money 4 criticism of other’s,just remember $money isn’t everthing (SHANAE NAE)- now how u doin!

money Said on

wendy looks gud ill bag that ass out

Ms. D Said on

People People….reading is so essential! Please read the entire blog (twice if you have to) and realize it was not Wendy but an EXECUTIVE who was insensitive and rude to Aviance! If you are a fan and/or know about Wendy Williams history you would know that she would not act like that nor tolerate comments like that either.

So Icey Boy Said on

I know this may be offensive to some, but, there’s no way in hell i would apologize to a drag queen.

michigander Said on

HOW U DOIN WENDY? I love u girl, keep up the good work. Gays are not the only people who support u Wendy, us black women are behind u as well. Keep doin what your doin, just worry when the haters stop hating.

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