Zendaya Responds Perfectly To A Homophobic Tweet & 3 Other Times Celebs Defended LBGTQ People

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it even make a sound? Has a picture really been posted on the internet if there’s not a troll responding with an unsolicited opinion? These questions will likely remain in our public curiosity for eternity. In the meantime, we can take notes when celebs gracefully dish back to trolls, the latest being when Zendaya gracefully shut down a homophobe who thought calling one of her lovely selfies “gay” was a proper insult. He sure learned his lesson.

The fact that Twitter is one of the many corners of the internet where the word “gay” is still conflated with “bad” or “stupid” doesn’t make the homophobia any less upsetting and harmful. I’m sure Zendaya was acutely aware of the fact that addressing the troll who said her photo showing off Snapchat’s flower crown filter “looked like a gay dude wearing makeup” was not only a chance to serve some sass, but also communicate that homophobia is never OK.

Her response essentially thanked the troll for the insult, which she took as a compliment given how good gay guys look, especially when showing off a full face of carefully applied makeup.

If she looks like a gay dude wearing makeup then that is my new goal, because she’s blowing it out of the water. Although, if I’m being honest, it was already my goal; I know many gay guys who can apply makeup 10,000 times better than I can.

As much as this interaction is a funny and seemingly petty drop in the bucket of the internet, seeing stars with platforms actively speak back against the normalizing of homophobic language is really fucking important. Here are three other good examples of celebrities using their platform to kick back against homophobia and transphobia.

When Sam Smith Shut Down A Homophobic Instagram Account

Last year, when the Grammy-winning singer Sam Smith was alerted to a hateful and homophobic Instagram dedicated to shitting on him, he used the opportunity to highlight the widespread prevalence of homophobia. Shortly after he posted his screenshot, the page was taken down because of reports from his fans and supporters.

When Russell Brand Called Out Transphobic Media Outlets

When rumors were circulating about Caitlyn Jenner before she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, the amount of transphobia bullshit aimed her way was next level, especially when it came to media outlets. As part of his video series where he tackles a slew of political issues, Russell Brand called out the rampant transphobia towards Caitlyn Jenner and perhaps more importantly, toward less privileged trans people.

When Kesha Came Out As Bisexual And Spoke Against Homophobia

When Kesha came out as bisexual in 2012, she made sure to immediately address the depressingly common attitudes about homophobia, even asserting that she believes most people have a fluid sexuality. Since officially coming out, she’s been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights and made a great speech this year at the 2016 Nashville Equality Dinner.