A clip of Wendy Williams’ bizarre reporting of a TikTok star’s death has infuriated people on the web.
In it, she grumbles extensively about how her follower count compares to Swavy - real name Matima Miller - and how she doesn’t use the video-sharing platform, before eventually discussing the fact that he had just been murdered.
Wendy then starts querying if others in the room had heard of a TikTok star who goes by the name of “Swavy.” They hadn’t. “Clap,” she demands. “Clap if you know who Swavy is.”
This makes the next part all the more painful for Wendy: Swavy, despite no one “in the building” knowing who he is, has more followers than Williams on TikTok. Gasp.
A member of her crew swoops in at the last second to assuage Wendy’s envy: “On TikTok. But on Instagram, you have more followers.” His chivalry is met with applause from the audience. Yay, Wendy! Her fame is saved.
Insane to watch the confused audience just go along with this, clearly just trying to respond the way they think th… https://t.co/aPITU8Zk5f
But that doesn’t quite cut it, “Well, as my son Kevin would say, no one uses Instagram anymore,” she retorts. Wendy then proceeds to explain that so says Kevin, everyone’s on TikTok these days, and she doesn’t play that game. “As far as TikTok, I don’t use that at all. I don’t know what that is and I don’t want to be involved.”
At this point, no one knows where this clip is going. People in the audience were, presumably, wondering why is there so much judgment coming from Wendy in regards to someone she’d allegedly never even heard of?
No one does it like this woman. I’m not saying it should be done like this woman but wow…. Wendy is one of one. https://t.co/ofEoooOxSy
“Well here he is,” she says as a photo from Swavy’s instagram is projected on the screen behind her. She turns to look at it, staring for an uncomfortably long time. The audience laughs at the awkwardness of it all. “He’s 19,” she says, finally getting to the point.
“And he was murdered Monday morning.”
What in the world? I did not see the end coming 😫 https://t.co/VR4tt8AC8R
— Matthew A. Cherry (@Matthew A. Cherry)
Understandably, people were both stunned and equally disturbed by Wendy’s apparent lack of empathy.
@anerbananers They go over the hot topics every morning in their hot topics meeting. No way she didnt know about this. Its so sad and cruel