Zendaya Coleman Responds to Critics

Aaliyah and Zendaya Coleman

Landing the role of a lifetime taught Zendaya a lesson on cyber bullying.

Zendaya Coleman responds to critics the best way she knows how, classy.

The 17-year-old star was so ecstatic when chosen the role as Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic, she automatically took to her Twitter to confirm her dreams came true.

“I’m just a 17 year old girl who got cast to play one of her biggest inspirations .”

‘She’s been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor her.”

“Show how much she accomplished in only 22 years….she’s beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah, I just hope to share her beautiful story, and make her proud up in heaven.”

However those happy words were overshadowed by countless online critics who felt she was undeserving of the role. Why? Because the biracial singer wasn’t “black” enough to portray the late singer.

Splash News caught up with the former Disney starlet to see if the naysayers ruffled her feathers.

“​A lot of people say I’m not black enough. Half black is just enough,” she said before bringing her dark skin African America father, Kazeme Ajamu, into the shot to continue her response.​

“​It doesn’t matter what color you are, it’s about how you portray the character. For those that don’t know, Angela Bassett and Tina Turner, they look nothing alike but she was that character so I think that’s what it’s all about.” ​

Luckily she has thick skin and a humorous father who lightened up the mood with his chimed in comment, “They’re shooting this in the summer. She’ll get dark enough.” ​

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