Outspoken actress, and former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actress Janet Hubert wrote an open letter to talk show host Wendy Williams that was one part heart breaking, and two parts scathing.
Aunt Viv, as actress Hubert is best remembered by most 1980s babies saluted Whitney Houston’s close family, and friends for the love they shared with the ailing diva. Then she called out talk show host Wendy Williams on her past treatment of the deceased singer.
Two days after Houston’s death Williams appeared in front of her studio audience, teary-eyed and contrite as she spoke of Houston’s passing, and their shared history of substance abuse. Williams eschewed a script in favor of speaking from the heart. What she said could be felt to the core. However; this was not enough for Hubert who wrote:
You said that morning with tears in your eyes, that you would not discuss Whitney any further, but you crucified her the whole time she was alive, as you do so many people on your show. I want to ask you why? What do you get out of this besides money?
How do you sleep at night knowing that you are one of the biggest bullies in the world disguised as HOT TOPICS? Celebrities are not topics we are people, just like everyone else, we hurt and we hear and we bleed real blood, not fake blood, just as you do.
How do we as parents teach our children to honor each other, treat each other with kindness when all they see are images of people like you who condone and promote meanness, rude reality TV stars, and your opinion as you berate world renowned people like Janet Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and others you slam on a daily basis.
Hubert’s final words for Williams while subtle felt like jabs although she was calling for the end of bullying.
You will not always be up, you will not always be on the A list and attend all the parties. Ride the wave sister girl, but make sure you know how to swim when the ride is over.
Hubert also used Williams’ famous tag line to close her letter:
I’m just sayin’ it like l mean it too.
While the letter does make valid points it is clear Hubert is not aware of the changed woman Williams has become. She’s no longer the shock jock who tried to make minced meat out of Houston. Williams’ television audience is varied, and she has mass appeal because she is honest. Many may not want to admit it but Williams typically gives good advice, and in “saying it like she means it” communicates messages to celebrities that their family members, hanger-ons, entourage members, agents, lovers, and others may not because it is not in line with their personal agendas.
Williams has not always been an A-lister, and if Hubert watched the show outside of supposed celebrity bullying/bashing, she’d see Williams is a down to earth girl from Jersey.
Our questions to Hubert; if you did not defend someone in life, why would you go out of your way to defend them in death? Why, if you were so vehemently against Wendy Williams’ “attacks” on celebrities did you not speak up earlier?
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