Wendy Williams blasted on social media after her ‘classless’ reporting of the death of TikTok star Matima Miller
Miller was only 19-years-old when he was killed in a daylight shooting in Delaware earlier this week.
Williams, 56, discussed Matima’s death on her Hot Topics segment earlier this week, but before revealing he had died, said she had no idea who he was and remarked on how his social media followers outnumbered her own.
‘I have no idea who this person is’: Wendy Williams has sparked outrage after leading a segment discussing the death of TikTok star Matima Miller by insisting she had no idea who he was
‘I have no idea who this person is… neither does one person in this building,’ Williams started off the segment, before asking the audience to clap if they knew who he was.
After just a small handful of people responded with applause, she continued: ‘Well, he’s a TikTok star. He’s got more followers than me. 2.5 million!’
‘On Tik Tok, but on Instagram you have more followers!’ her producer, Norman Baker, clarified, earning cheers and applause from the audience.
‘Well, as my son Kevin would say, no one uses Instagram anymore. And as far as TikTok, I don’t use that at all. I don’t know what that is, I don’t want to be involved. So, here he is,’ she said, gazing at a photo of the social media star on her screen.
Tragedy: Matima Miller, pictured, passed away at age 19 during a daylight shooting earlier this week
‘You have more followers!’ Producer Norman Baker stepped in to tell Wendy she had more followers on Instagram than Matima
‘He’s got more followers than me’: Williams was surprised to see the 19-year-old had more TikTok followers than her
Outraged: Viewers took to Twitter to air their grievances with Wendy following her segment
After a pause and some laughter from the audience, she continued: ‘He’s 19, and he was murdered Monday morning.’ The audience groaned in response to the news.
The manner of the reporting did not sit well with many fans, who took to Twitter to air their grievances with Wendy.
‘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,’ @ClassActKelz tweeted.
‘Lemme just say sum bc yall really out here being stupid, it is NEVER OKAY to joke about someone’s death. You are just hurting people and being so disgusting and disrespectful more than you are making people laugh,’ @poblibioxmulti tweeted.
‘I’m still not over Wendy Williams horrible journalism like wow. Prayers up to the family of that young man!’ @BG_THEGREAT tweeted.
‘So, admittedly I’ve never heard of Swavy. But clearly he was well respected in the TikTok community & it sucks that his life was taken at such a young age. But Wendy Williams/crew starting off by saying how much more famous she is on Instagram & THEN following up on his death??’ @ken10drawsstuff tweeted, along with a GIF from Orange Is The New Black with the line, ‘That’s mad disrespect right there.
‘y’all seen that video of wendy williams talking on that tiktok star wavy’s death? it’s so gross,’ @mariamshawngela tweeted.
The segment occurred just days after the death of social media sensation Matima, who went by Babyface.S on TikTok and posted dance videos and meme skits to his millions of followers.
Police were called to a shooting at the 700 block of Elbert Place in the Southbridge neighborhood of Wilmington at about 10:42 am Monday morning.
Miller was found with a gunshot wound and was rushed to hospital where he died from his injuries.