Zendaya expertly shut down a Twitter troll for making a disgusting rape “joke” on Twitter, Us Weekly reports.
The tweet, which has since been deleted, asked people which celebrity they would rape if the movie The Purge was real. The troll asked his followers to choose between Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Zendaya. In The Purge movie franchise, there’s one night per year when there are no laws and all crimes, including rape, go unpunished. The third movie in the franchise, Purge: Election Year was recently released so that may have spurred the troll to tweet his question.
But Zendaya wasn’t about to let the tweet go without telling the Twitter user how “disgusting” his “joke” was.
“This is absolutely disgusting and you should be ashamed of yourself. Is this really what my generation thinks is ok?” Zendaya tweeted on Sunday. “People are sick…” she added.
Zendaya responds flawlessly to a grotesque tweet she was featured in.???????? pic.twitter.com/lEb8AyQHx6
— Shady Music Facts (@TheShadyFacts) July 3, 2016
After Zendaya responded, the Twitter user commented that her response was “lit,” to which she said, “The only thing that’s lit is your immortality and inhumanity young man. I pray you find some sense.”
Zendaya got a lot of support on Twitter for speaking out against the offensive tweet.
@Zendaya I’m so sorry sis no one deserves to see themselves as part of this kind of tweet.
— fadumo (@faaaadumo) July 3, 2016
The Huffington Post reports that the troll, whose Twitter handle is @ogxbenson, was treating the whole thing, including Zendaya’s response, like a game.
When asked what he was doing, he responded, “triggering people then laughing at them.” What’s even worse is that there were people who were answering the question and choosing the woman they would rape.
On a more positive note. there were a lot of people calling him out on the offensive tweet along with Zendaya. Eventually, he tweeted “Sorry you’re offended.”
As Us Weekly notes, this isn’t the first time Zendaya has responded to the gross tweets that she gets from people. In August of last year, she masterfully shut down a Twitter user who had called her parents ugly.
“First I’m gonna pray for you. While you’re so concerned about what my parents look like, please know that these are two of the most selfless people in the world. They have chosen to spend their entire life, not worried about trivial things such as looks and insulting people’s parents on Twitter, but instead became educators who have dedicated their lives to teaching, cultivating and filling young shallow minds. (One of the most important yet underpaid jobs we have). Please, log out, go to school, hug a teacher and read a textbook. And while you’re at it, go look in the mirror and know that you too are beautiful, because such hateful things only stem from internal struggles. Bless you.”
Zendaya has also spoken up for herself when she’s faced derogatory comments from media personalities. At the 2015 Academy Awards, Zendaya decided to switch up her style and wear faux locs. While most people loved the look, Giuliana said “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil… or maybe weed,” during her commentary on The Fashion Police episode the next day.
But Zendaya found her comment offensive and wasn’t afraid to let it be known via her Instagram account, Glamour Magazine reported at the time.
“To say that an 18-year-old woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive. I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked.”
— SilkyWraps (@SilkyWraps) January 1, 2016
Zendaya then went on to list all of the people she loved and respected who wear their hair in locs on a daily basis like her father, her mother and Selma director Ava duVernay.
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