Wendy Williams blasted for "disrespectful" segment about TikTok star Swavy's death
9 July 2021, 13:48
"This is so gross idc. This is someone’s son. Have some respect."
In the clip, which features Wendy doing her regular 'Hot Topics' segment, the host begins talking about TikTok star Swavy by saying, "I have no idea who this is, neither does Norman, neither does one person in this building."
Wendy then goes on to talk about Swavy's TikTok follower count and compares it to her own, noting that she has more on Instagram. As the audience laughs along with Wendy's comments, the clip ends with Wendy saying "So here he is, he's 19 and he was murdered Monday morning."
People on social media are now calling out the way in which Wendy and the show's producers set up the topic, calling it "disrespectful" and "insensitive".
TikTok star Swavy, who's real name is Matima Miller and who was also known on social media as Babyface.s, was tragically shot and killed earlier this week in WIlmington, Delaware. The 19-year-old star, who has over 2.5 million followers on TikTok, was known for his dance routines and viral videos.
Swavy's family have called his murder a "senseless act of gun violence" in a statement on his Instagram page. They also added: "The family is working diligently to get justice for Swavy. This is just the beginning, we will forever keep his name alive and continue his legacy! The impact he had on others remains unmatched. Out of respect for our family we ask that you please refrain from reporting false or unconfirmed information about Swavy."
Following the confirmation of his passing, fans of the social media star and other TikTok and YouTube creators shared their tributes and condolences.
Now, they're calling out the insensitive way in which Wendy Williams spoke about his death on her show.
Forget cancel culture...cancel Wendy Williams bruh. Wtf! Smh pic.twitter.com/TtrJR5JZ9o— TB2 (@tbtwotimes) July 8, 2021
Now I be laughing at Wendy cos of memes and what not. However THIS...THIS AIN'T IT. This is just fucking awful https://t.co/LemSMzZLv8— 🦴 AngeloFalls 🦴 (@AngeloFalls) July 9, 2021
this is so gross idc. this is someone’s son. have some respect https://t.co/yLuovTAZB4— Andrea Russett (@AndreaRussett) July 9, 2021
Don’t forget the part where she says “all those followers” like that matters? pic.twitter.com/3yf4dsaMpg— christian (@cshockleyyy) July 9, 2021
The backlash has also reached Wendy's YouTube comment section with people calling her out in the comments of the full episode of the show. One user wrote: "I don’t appreciate how Wendy used this young man’s murder as a hot topic. Why is she even concerned about this 19 year old and didn’t even really pay her condolences to his family and friends?"
Another added: "Wendy did u just say “Ohh, all those followers” in reference to Swavy’s passing?! WTH Wendy?! How disgusting."
A third person wrote: "That’s so disrespectful for her to be talking about his death like that."
Wendy Williams has not addressed the backlash surrounding the Hot Topic segment. Swavy's family have not yet responded to the segment either. This article will be updated if either of them do.