Zendaya Coleman got in the last word when it came to Giuliana Rancic’s on-air apology about her hair. Coleman not only thanked Rancic, but also gave her a lesson on prejudice.
“I appreciate your apology and I’m glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network,” Coleman tweeted. “I hope that others negatively affected by her words can also find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well.”
“Studies have shown that even though we try to act without prejudice, sometimes it’s just hidden inside us due to our past or surroundings. That hidden prejudice is often influential in our actions. It’s our job to spot these issues within others and ourselves and destroy them before they become hurtful,” she wrote. “I have so many people looking up to me, that I couldn’t be scared, wait it out, nor could I just stand up for me; I had to do it for WE.”
“Body shaming and other hurtful tactics will never get the job done,” she writes. “As hard as it was to stop MYSELF from being ignorant and from posting the first mean words that came to my mind because I was hurt, I had to think about the bigger picture. Instead I sat for two hours on my phone, doing my research and formulating an educated response.”
On Tuesday, Rancic issued an on-air apology stating that she realized her comments were wrong and hurtful. Which was a lot better than her initial apology tweeted out early Monday morning, after The Fashion Police broadcast.
I definitely commend Coleman for taking the highest road possible and educating the masses.
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) February 25, 2015
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