Wendy Williams blasted on social media over her reporting of the death of TikTok star Matima Miller


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How did Tiktok star Swavy die?

According to the Wilmington Police Department, Swavy, who was known on TikTok for his dances and memes, was the victim of a shooting incident on Monday morning. He was transported to the hospital, where he later died. Entertainment TonightWendy Williams Sparks Backlash for Segment on TikTok Star Swavy’s Death

Wendy Williams slammed for ‘hateful’ segment on TikTok star Swavy’s death

Fox News 10 July, 2021 - 03:44pm

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Wendy Williams has stuck her legendary size 11 shoe in her mouth again.

The self-proclaimed "queen of media" has Twitter in a tizzy over comments she made about TikTok star Matima "Swavy" Miller, who died of a fatal gunshot wound on Monday.

Web watchdogs are barking mad after Williams, 56, allegedly used the 19-year-old social media sensation’s passing to "coax laughter" from her audience.

The controversial talk show host took ample time during her daily Hot Topics segment to point out, "I have no idea who this person is … neither does one person in this building," before professing incredulity that Swavy had more social media followers than she does.

A clip of the segment, tweeted out Thursday night, has racked up more than 3 million views — and hundreds of thousands of angry responses. Williams is infamous for pushing buttons — but this latest stunt has some declaring the ex-WBLS shock jock canceled by "Black Twitter."

"She is so hateful. Like, she basically treated the announcement of his death like it was funny gossip," said an outraged fan on one Twitter post with more than 70,000 likes. "Why disparage him? Why even talk about him at all if you and your audience are that removed from even knowing who he is? . . . She really coaxed laughter from the audience before announcing this young man’s murder."

Another shocked viewer responded, "Right but then you could hear the audience gasp when she said what had happened to him. He was a very young man, may he Rest In Peace."

"We all know Wendy to be messy and with the s – – ts, but this wasn’t cool at all," another disappointed fan chimed in to the tune of 20,000-plus likes. "I don’t know this man, but may he rest in peace. I’m sorry his friends and family had to see this. Wow…"

Reps for Williams and her show did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment. (They might be busy answering questions about Williams wishing "death to" Jamie and Lynne Spears, or her hope that Cynthia Bailey gets canned from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta.")

Miller, the dancing TikTok star better known as Swavy and Babyface.S, had over 2.9 million followers on the streaming platform. He regularly posted dancing videos, paintball sessions, memes and comedy bits, accumulating nearly 100 million likes on the platform as of Tuesday morning. He boasted another 472,000 followers on Instagram as @oneway.swavy.

The Delaware-based teen’s passing was confirmed Tuesday by authorities, who told The Post he was gunned down in broad daylight Monday in the Southbridge neighborhood of Wilmington.

"The victim in this incident has been identified as Matima Miller," according to the Wilmington Police Department report. "This incident remains under investigation and further details will be released when possible."

Officers responded to an emergency call at about 10:42 a.m. Monday. They didn’t specify where the victim was wounded but said he was "transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries."

YouTube star Damaury "Kid Maury" Mikula mourned the death of his "homeboy Swavy" in an emotional video posted Monday. "Yeah, my friend Swavy, man — he got shot," Mikula revealed, wiping tears from his eyes with his red T-shirt. "All he did was make videos — vids, vids, vids, going up, up, up, up."

Fans and friends took to social media to mourn the death of the young star.

Appearing to struggle for words, YouTuber Mikula eventually said: "Seeing him get taken out. Don’t make me say this, bro. It don’t make no sense."

Breaking down in tears, Mikula concluded: "I love you, my n – – – a. Dead ass, bro. I know you can’t hear in the real world right now, but you’re up there looking down. I’m about to go hard for you, bro . . . You were so innocent."

As news of Miller’s death swept the web overnight, one fan posted to Twitter: "Rip Swavy I ain’t even know u buh I know u changed peoples lives by making them smile and I’m sorry this happened to u."

Monday morning’s fatal shooting brings the total homicides in Wilmington this year to 16, Delaware Online reported. The city has had 82 shootings so far this year. During the same period last year, 73 people had been shot in Wilmington, 11 fatally. 

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Williams started off her infamous “Hot Topics” segment stating that she didn’t know who Swavy was.

Back in October of 2016, the Ask Wendy author faced some serious backlash from viewers after she rudely commented on Caitlyn Jenner’s transgender status. Williams pointed out that all the Kardashian women were female, except for Jenner, who had just come out as a transgender woman the previous year.

Wendy added more fuel to the fire of her beef with the “Liquid Swords” rapper after she alleged this year that she and Method Man had a one-night stand. Williams dished the secret during an interview with DJ Suss One.

“I smoked a blunt with Method Man while I gave him a bath and it was a one-night stand,” she explained. “He’ll deny it, maybe not. It wasn’t in the movie because [he] is still very angry at me for being me – for telling the truth. It was a one-night stand,” she re-iterated.

The steamy allegation prompted a heated response from Method’s wife Tamika too.

Cox respectfully declined to comment. “I’ve chosen not to talk about any of the stuff I’ve gotten done because I think so often when trans people situations are talked about, we always far too often focus on surgeries and transitions, so I don’t talk about that but, I’m very happy with the situation” she replied.

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TikTok star Swavy, whose real name is Matima Miller, died from a gunshot wound on Monday, the Wilmington Police Department said. He was 19.

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Wendy Williams: 'No idea' who Swavy was, announces TikToker's killing

Insider 10 July, 2021 - 03:21pm

A clip of Williams discussing Miller's death went viral on Twitter after user @AlexTMcNair uploaded it on Wednesday. As it circulated online on Thursday and Friday, users expressed shock at the way that Williams led up to announcing that Swavy had died. 

"He's a TikTok star," Williams said on the show, after saying that she had no idea who Miller was and asking the studio audience to clap if they did. "He's got more followers than me. 2.5 million."

When a producer told Williams that she had more followers than Miller on Instagram, the audience cheered. Williams went on to say that she doesn't use TikTok and doesn't "want to be involved" with it.

Then, she told the audience that Miller was killed on Monday. 

The clip of the segment has been viewed nearly five million times on Twitter. 

Miller was a TikTok star with approximately 2.5 million followers on his account @babyface.s. He was known for both dancing videos and meme skits. 

The Wilmington Police Department in Wilmington, Delaware, said in a statement that Miller had died Monday morning. A public information officer for the police department told Insider on Tuesday that there was an ongoing investigation into the shooting that killed the teen.

On Twitter, people expressed shock at the way that Williams had led into a segment about Miller's death, and the term "Wendy Williams" was trending on Twitter on Friday.

Williams did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Wendy Williams sparks backlash for 'demeaning' segment on TikTok star's death

Today.com 09 July, 2021 - 01:10pm

Williams is being slammed for remarks she made Wednesday about Miller, who died of a fatal gunshot wound two days before. The comments, which came during the "Hot Topics" segment of "The Wendy Williams Show," found the controversial talk show host, 56, joking about how she'd never heard of Miller before this week.

"I have no idea who this person is ... neither does one person in this building,” Williams said as Miller's photo appeared on a screen behind her. She then asked audience members to clap if they know who Miller was. (Watch the segment, which begins at the 12:58 mark in the You Tube video below.)

"Well, he's a TikTok star. He's got more followers than me," Williams said of the late internet celebrity, who regularly posted videos of himself dancing and doing comedy sketches with his nearly 3 million followers.

After going back and forth with producer Norman Baker about her own popularity on Instagram, Williams turned back to look Miller's photo up and down, prompting audience members to laugh.

Then, more than a minute into the segment, Williams finally announced the news that Miller had been killed. "He's 19 and he was murdered Monday morning," she said, as audience members gasped.

Williams appeared confused about the details of the story, repeatedly asking Baker if Miller was the person who died.

After the segment aired, outraged viewers voiced their anger on social media.

"This actually made me sick how disrespectful she was to the deceased, regardless of his age or how he died. It’s called being respectful. Such a demeaning and belittling attitude on her part," one viewer wrote on YouTube. "The fact that she’s 50+ talking about a deceased 19 year old that way, (someone’s child) is just the icing on the cake. Wendy do better!"

Another wrote, "You really used this young man's death as a laughable moment..."

TODAY reached out to a representative for "The Wendy Williams Show" who declined to comment.

A Twitter user named Alex shared a clip of part of the segment on Wednesday. "Y’all please watch this," he wrote adding a sad emoji. That clip has more than 5 million views.

Other Twitter users responded by blasting Williams for her insensitivity.

"Did she really need to look him up and down like that before breaking the news that he was murdered? Like she’s the only one who knew where this was going and she still chose to sprinkle a little nasty on it first," one user remarked.

Did she really need to look him up and down like that before breaking the news that he was murdered? Like she’s the only one who knew where this was going and she still chose to sprinkle a little nasty on it first

"The pain she must be in to treat people like this," observed another.

The pain she must be in to treat people like this

Still others on Twitter suggested that Williams, who's been called out for her insensitivity repeatedly in the past, should no longer be on the air.

"It is HIGH time for Wendy to be done. She’s wild," one tweeted.

It is HIGH time for Wendy to be done. She’s wild.

While another person noted, "I really question the kind of people that be in the audience of her show."

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