Wendy Williams —
Pop-Culture Critique of the #1 Talkshow in America
"How you doin'?"
I would have never guessed, but day-time television offers a fascinating assessment of the human condition. The leading mediums of day-time television are talk shows and soap operas - both fueled by dramatic recreations of truly quotidian life-events (i.e., romance, break-up, finances, sociality).
My fascination with Wendy Williams started in regards to her minority status. As a black male in America, I have been conditionally aware of the limited social mobility among minority groups. So I started with the simple question: How did she get so fucking popular?
Wendy Williams simultaneously novelizes and waters-down the iconic image of strong black womanhood. Through this, she accumulates respect from the general public (see Ask Wendy) and performs perceptions of blackness for mass consumption.
Ultimately, I found Williams' unquestioned and unverified status as a cultural critic is rooted in her identity as a black woman in America. In the face of dual discrimination, Williams' identity performances and display of cultural mastery acts as a pillar to the American Dream. If she made it here, anyone can.