The mother of a social media personality is responding to talk show host Wendy Williams' recent commentary about him.
TikTok user Matima Miller, also known as Swavy, died in a "senseless act of gun violence" in Delaware on Monday, July 5 at the age of 19, according to an Instagram message posted by his family.
In a segment about the influencer, Wendy caused controversy over her response to his death by saying on her show later that week, "I have no idea who this is... Neither does one person in this building." Wendy went on to say that Swavy has "more followers than me" on TikTok, although Wendy pointed out that she has more Instagram followers.
On Saturday, July 10, Matima's mother, Chanelle Clark, told CBS Philly that the talk show host's segment about him was "so disrespectful" and that she was hurt because Wendy made her comments without having been acquainted with him.
"Look at my eyes and stuff," Chanelle said. "Y'all, as a mother—Wendy Williams, how dare you? So disrespectful. I used to watch you as a child and even though you have a gossip show and all that, you didn't even know my son."
In a GoFundMe account posted last week, Matima's brother Rahkim Clark shared a message asking for support in light of the tragedy.
"As we deal with this heartbreak, we ask for your support in ensuring our son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend has a legendary home going ceremony," the message read. "We pray that you will continue to support our family through this difficult time."
Wendy has yet to respond publicly to Chanelle's comments.