Zendaya Coleman took to Instagram today to accept Giuliana Rancic's heartfelt on-air apology following the offensive comments she made about the star's Oscars dreadlocks hairstyle.
Zendaya shared her thoughts on the apology in a well thought out and mature response. She writes:
"Studies have shown that even though we try to act without prejudice, sometimes it's just hidden inside us due to our past or surrounding. 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. 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. It is in important in this journey, to remember that just because someone has inflicted hurt upon us, it does not give us the right to do the same."
She continues: "Body shaming and other hurtful tactics will never get the job done. 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."
Zendaya adds: "Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I'm glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network. I hope that others negatively affected by her words can also find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well. From a quote we all know by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 'Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.' Let's be that light and spread that love."