Zendaya Coleman isn’t letting the trolls of Twitter get away with blasting her parents for their looks. The 18-year-old actress, singer, and dancer was said to be heartbroken by comments left by others calling her parents “ugly” or some people saying they “would cry” if Zendaya’s mother and father were their parents according to Us Weekly Magazine.
Zendaya’s viral response showed much poise and grace in coming to the defense of her mother, Claire Stoermer, and father, Kazembe Ajamu Coleman.
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) August 22, 2015
Zendaya isn’t the first celebrity to experience problems with cyberbullying. Actress Ashley Judd made headlines earlier this year when she sued some internet trolls who were posting threats of physical harm.
But people shouldn’t be surprised that Zendaya was able to handle the situation with ease. It wasn’t too long ago that Zendaya was taking former Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic to task for Rancic’s comments about Zendaya’s dreadlocks at the Oscars.
Zendaya publicly shamed Rancic by posting a well-thought out response on Instagram denouncing Rancic’s attempt at humor in saying that Zendaya probably smelled like “weed” and “patchouli oil” because of the hairstyle. The incident led to a Fashion Police meltdown of sorts in which Kelly Osbourne left after stating she wasn’t sure she could continue to work on the show because she considered Rancic’s comments about Zendaya racist according to Entertainment Weekly.
But it seems Zendaya is more than just about defending herself or her parents but an overall guardian of the internet. Earlier in the summer when someone posted a make-up free photo of YouTube make-up artist Shannon C. Basically saying that the artist was only beautiful with make-up, Zendaya posted a make-up free picture of herself in response with the caption, “that awkward moment when this tweet is irrelevant cause she’s slaying both ways #wannaborrowmyglasses.”
So what did the rest of the people in Twittersphere think of Zendaya’s reaction this time around? The responses have been overwhelmingly in support of the young performer:
I love her 👀💘 https://t.co/3JQqnTX9nP
— тαуℓσя (@MsPinkZebra) August 28, 2015
Good Job @Zendaya You go Z, continue to stand up to ignorance.
— Justin Wortham (@Wortham_Justin1) August 28, 2015
I know she’s young but I really do love @Zendaya and how classy&mature she is. She proves that you can turn negatives into teachable moments
— fmb (@grandeurdrug) August 28, 2015
Should Zendaya have just let it go or did she do the right thing by responding? Tell us what you think.
[Zendaya Coleman image courtesy of Bill McCay/Getty Images.]