Who is Chanell Clark? Swavy’s mom slams Wendy Williams for mocking late TikToker
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE: Late TikTok star Swavy's family has lambasted Wendy Williams after she made light of his death in her show. Swavy, whose real name was Matima Miller, was shot dead on July 5 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was just 19 and was known for sharing comedy videos through which he had garnered millions of followers on social media.
But after the tragedy, Williams apparently did not treat his death respectfully and seemed to mock his murder on her TV show. Now, the slain teenager’s mother and brother are demanding an apology from the 56-year-old media personality.
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Who is Chanell Clark?
Chanell is the mother of Swavy, also known as ‘Babyface.S’. The grieving mother told TMZ, “I had to lay there with my son... and I asked God, why did you let me see that. And I had to think about that he wouldn't anyone else to be down there with him but his mom. I had to see my son down there shot up. To see something like that as a mother, it literally messes you up…”
She then went on to criticize Williams, “Wendy Williams as a mother, how do you put a child out there like that. Nobody knew him like that ... My son shouldn't have been shot down in the street like that for someone to recognize who he is... ... I deserve an apology. But at this point, I'm so pissed off... because you did him like like... I'm looking for an apology. I do want an apology. But at the same time, I'm pissed with Wendy.”
Swavy's older brother, Rahkim, also slammed Williams. He said, “Wendy has always been a messy person. That's what her life consists of - this gossip and reporting stories. But this isn't just any other story. This is not a highlight. This is not a Hot Topic. This is our real life. We're dealing with this in reality. So for her to speak on the events surrounding my brother's death before she reached out to our family. She didn't send condolences. She didn't even report the right stories. It's one thing to take public knowledge and put it out there, but you gave a false narrative you gave a false story.”
“You painted him as a thug, as a drug dealer, as someone who was trying to be in the streets... and that wasn't the type of person that he was...As a Black woman and as a Black mother, you didn't have any empathy at all for my family... words cannot explain how I feel. I'm so angry. I'm so upset. I'm sad. It's just a lot going on,” Rahkim added.
In the segement 'Hot Topics' of her show, the talk show host asked her audience to “clap” if they knew who the late TikToker was. And, after getting a mild reaction, she asked her colleagues on the show if they knew him to which they said no. The broadcaster then said she had “no idea who this person is” and neither does “one person in this building.” Williams then went on to say that Swavy had 2.5 million followers on TikTok, more than she did. All this time, a huge picture of the late teenager was shown in the background to the audience. When Williams’ colleagues reminded her that she has more followers on Instagram - she got thundering applause from the audience. This cringe-worthy conversation did not go down well with the social media users as she was more concerned comparing her social media followers instead of giving respect to the dead.