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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.

Image Credit: Zendaya Coleman Twitter

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  • GoldenGirl

    Zendaya Coleman is a class act!! Nicely done!!

  • Michelle

    Jumbled thoughts:
    -I am happy that Zendaya decided to “clap back” at Giuliana Rancic rather than keep quiet about her reaction. I don’t about every Clutch reader, but I was raised with the guideline of not disrespecting elders by not “talking back”, even if said elders said something that was disrespectful.
    -I am happy that this situation was highlighted in “mainstream media” because this incident inspired several conversations about natural hair being consider ‘appropriate’ and ‘elegant’. Also, it told me that a lot of people (in particular Black people) still a wide range of opinions about what is appropriate. For example, I know someone who only finds natural hair acceptable if it shaped and molded with the aid of bobby pins, hair gel, flat twists, bantu knots, French braids, box braids, etc. When the hair is seen, but not seen.

  • Anthony

    I know Zendaya’s parents are proud of how she handled this situation. Celebrities who are always in Twitter dust ups need to take notes on Zendaya’s style.