Best Reactions to Zendaya Controversy

Recently some woman on E’s Fashion Police, said something stupid and racist about Zendaya’s faux locs at the Oscars. I’m sure you’ve heard about it, so I won’t go into details.

Zendaya responded with a graceful wisdom well beyond her years.

There was an apology (of course…) but the best part has the been the remarkable and sizable response from the public. Black celebrities weighed in on the issue.   


Black women’s natural hair has been the point of much controversy, especially when the element of cultural appropriation comes into play. It wasn’t too long ago when Kylie Jenner, who was spotted with dreadlocks and received praise for her “urban,” “edgy” look.  




Soon came the body shaming which was (unfortunately) hilarious…

@GiulianaRancic why do you look like a crack head? #girlbye#Zendaya

— Raychelle J Linan (@LinanBabe) February 25, 2015

Giuliana Rancic, perhaps you should be smoking weed, have the munchies and finally eat something. #hmmm #wedraggingyoubooboo

— Ndey (@Ndey_Buri) February 25, 2015

  But some reminded us to stay focused…  

But through it all, Black Twitter proved, yet again, why it’s an amazing force to be reckoned with.







photo 1Arielle Newton, Founder/Editor-in-Chief.

Get at me @arielle_newton. Get at us @BlkMillennials.


3 responses to “Best Reactions to Zendaya Controversy

  1. Not to detract from your intention, but hair aside, the real undermining that is going on behind this is that in Washington D.C. you have a black female mayor who is fighting to legalize marijuana in the capitol and succeeding. She got the votes. So what happens? The republicans are fighting her because to decriminalize marijuana would mean their cash cow (which is the “new jim crow” as you’ve highlighted and written about in other posts = more black (males in particular) in prison as an actual quota for the prison industry and cops to keep going. It’s easy money for them. Republicans are actually threatening to put the mayor in jail now for her work to decriminalize marijuana.

    So her hair isn’t shameful and neither is marijuana. The agenda is to create the image of “reefer madness” again. The same thing that put Louis Armstrong in jail…the system is criminal and calling the apearance of hair criminal for a natural plant that has enormous benefits besides medicinal or recreational ones. The hair is a way to further stack the deck against the black community but it’s the part about marijuana that they want to keep control over because then they have more control over the black community. If they can make you bad talk weed, they can keep shame and guilt alive and well. They can blame the victims/survivors. It’s the same OLD lie.


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