Bow down to the queen of eloquently put comebacks, Zendaya.
The former Disney star took to Twitter to defend her parents against trolls who called them ugly. Earlier this week one user tweeted a photo of Zendaya, 18, with her mom and dad – Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu.
The photo was less than politely captioned, “they made a gorgeous ass child lol.”
Other users jumped on the bandwagon calling her parents “ugly,” even going as far to say they “would cry” if their parents looked like hers.
But Zendaya stepped in and effectively shut down the haters.
“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,” she wrote on Saturday. “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 mind.”
Her wise words in defense of her parents continued as she urged the critics to “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.”
It’s not the first time Zendaya has spoken out to defend herself. Earlier this year she took on Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic‘s controversial description of her Oscar look. Rancic said that Zendaya’s dreads made her look like she “[smelled] like patchouli oil or weed.”
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The fallout resulted in co-host Kelly Osborne’s exit from the show, but Zendaya took as a moment to educate and handled the situation in the most ladylike way.
“There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of the hair,” Zendaya shot back. “My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.”