Zendaya Gets Genuine About Cultural Appropriation: ‘You Cannot Inform Someone Not To Be Upset About It’

Zendaya isn’t right here for your cultural appropriation, and in a new interview with Popsugar, she opens up about why it’s such a issue.

“If some thing feels private to your culture or to your background,” the megastar stated, “then you take that personally and you feel impacted by it. You can’t tell an individual not to be upset about it.”

She’s speaking from expertise. Last year, Zendaya wore locs to the Oscars. She looked completely spectacular, but Fashion Police host and E! News correspondent Giuliana Rancic stated, “I really feel like she smells like patchouli oil … and possibly weed.”

Zendaya promptly fired back with a powerful response to Rancic’s “outrageously offensive” comment.

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Now a year later, she’s content to break down the meaning of cultural appropriation.

“Well, initial of all, braids are not new,” Zendaya stated when asked about celebrities like Kylie Jenner wearing cornrows. “Black ladies have been wearing braids for a very lengthy time. … It became new and fresh and entertaining, since it was on a person else other than a black woman. You know what I mean? So that is the frustration. That is where the culture appropriation element comes into play.”

She also shouted out Amandla Stenberg, who has spoken out about the identical issue.

“She [Amandla] wished society loved black people as a lot as they love black culture. That’s the truth,” Zendaya continued. “The credit gets taken away from us when we make certain statements or when we do certain factors. That is the frustration. Folks want to be around for the positives and the factors that we bring as far as culture, but they don’t want to be around when we have problems or when we’re acquiring shot in the streets. You know what I’m saying? You have to be there for the entire expertise. You cannot just choose when you want to be a part of our culture.” 🙌

Study Zendaya’s full interview with Popsugar right here.

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