Wendy Williams Shames Ashley Graham’s Behavior at Staples: It’s ‘Not Hot’

Wendy Williams is one of America’s most prominent talk show hosts. Ashley Graham is one of America’s most prominent models. Both are very outspoken and willing to go against the grain.

Because of this, it’s no surprise Graham was willing to do something controversial: she changed her son’s diaper in a Staples aisle. Williams was not impressed. In her own words, Williams “mommy-shamed” Graham on her show.

Wendy Williams discussing The Wendy Williams Show at the Build Series In New York City, New York | Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagic

Ashley Graham gets super candid

Like so many celebrity controversies these days, it all started on Instagram. According to MSN, Graham posted an incredibly candid picture of herself with her seven-week-old son, Isaac, in Staples. She was changing him with an onlooker visible in the background. In the image’s caption, she bemoaned the lack of changing rooms in Staples and said she changed him in public for that reason.

Graham has a jocular tone about the incident on Instagram, using poo emojis. She said she was glad she carries a changing matt around with her. Celebrities often get personal on Instagram. Graham choosing to share a photo of herself changing her son’s diaper may have been a little bit unexpected for a world-famous model but she obviously felt justified.

The post received a mixed response. Amy Schumer wrote she had been in the same situation herself and other parents could relate to what Graham had done. People reports Jersey Shore star Jenni “JWoww” Farley liked Graham’s post. However, Williams was not a fan of what Graham had done.

Wendy Williams is not having it

Wendy Williams doesn’t like what Ashley Graham did.

Yahoo! Entertainment reports Williams said Graham is “being mommy shamed by me” on the March 5, 2020 episode of The Wendy Williams Show. Williams said she didn’t want other mothers to follow Graham’s example. She felt Graham’s behavior was not befitting the atmosphere of a store.

Although Williams was critical of Graham’s actions, she still likes her as a person. She said “This is not hot. Ashley, I like you. This is not hot.”

Williams said “If you’re taking your 7-week-old baby to Staples, you’re watching the baby more than you’re watching where the Sharpies and rings of paper, and cartridges for your printer are…I just wish she would’ve done something different. This is not cool and I don’t know why we have to know about it on your Instagram.”

How did Ashley Graham react to the backlash?

Ashley Graham attending the 2019 Forbes Women’s Summit at Pier 60 in New York City | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

It’s pretty standard for controversial Instagram posts like this to get removed. Graham, however, seems unphased by the controversy. The image of her changing her son is still on her Instagram. She has not commented on the backlash directed at her behavior.

Instagram is a tricky place. How much sharing is too much sharing? Everyone has different limits. What’s a relatable post to some is “not hot” to others. Williams comments were similarly relatable to some and overly judgemental to others.

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