Mom of Slain TikTok Star Swavy Slams Wendy Williams’ ‘Disrespectful’ Dialogue About His Demise
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The mother of the killed TikTok star Swavy calls Wendy Williams about her “disrespectful” reporting on the death of the 19-year-old.
Swavy, nee Matima Miller, died of his injuries on July 5 after a shooting in Wilmington, Delaware, according to police.
His mother, Chanelle Clark, told CBS3 on Saturday that she was still stumbling from his murder and said, “I’m going through it mentally because I saw it. I saw my son being gunned down in the street like this. “
Clark went on to beat up Williams, 56, for the comments she made of Swavy while sharing news of his murder on a recent episode of her morning talk show.
“Look at my eyes and stuff. How dare you as a mother, Wendy Williams? So disrespectful, “said Clark. “I used to watch you as a kid and even though you had a gossip show and all that, you didn’t even know my son.”
A Williams representative did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
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Swavy – who had a huge following both on TikTok, under the handle @ babyface.s, and on Instagram – was known for his dance routines in public spaces.
On Wednesday’s episode of The Wendy Williams Show, Williams commented that she “had no idea” who Swavy was in a section about his death. She also compared her social media followers during her reporting.
“I have no idea who this is,” Williams began. “Neither is a person in this building.”
After asking her audience to gossip about hearing about Swavy, the TV personality said, “He’s a TikTok star. He has more followers than me – 2.5 million. “
Williams then stated that she wasn’t using TikTok before sharing the news that Swavy was murdered.
“Oh, all these followers,” she said. “Yes, that’s really tragic.”
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After it aired, many viewers on social media expressed shock at how Williams covered Swavy’s death. Williams’ name started trending on Twitter on Friday after a clip of the segment went viral.
A Wilmington Police Department spokesman previously told PEOPLE that an investigation into the fatal shootings was ongoing. Wilmington police had no further comment when they reached out to PEOPLE for comment Monday.
In a statement released last week, the late dancer’s family said they are “working diligently to bring justice to Swavy”.
“This is just the beginning, we will keep his name alive forever and carry on his legacy!” partially read her statement. “The influence he has had on others is second to none.”
After Swavy’s death, this family started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover funeral expenses. Over $ 23,900 had been raised as of Monday.