Singer and actress Zendaya Coleman was reportedly refused service at a supermarket because of her “skin tone” — and she took to Snapchat to express her displeasure.
The 20-year-old shared a video on Sept. 6 recounting the racism she experienced at a grocery store. Zendaya, accompanied by a friend, was attempting to buy some gift cards when the woman at the counter, apparently not recognizing the former Disney star, threw her wallet back at her and went on to serve other customers.
“So we just got out of this Vons,” Zendaya explained in the clip. “Now I am trying to buy a lot of gift cards.
“Now there is some, certain specific things that you have to do when it comes to buying gift cards. There are certain limits or something, which is understandable, so cool, I’ll take a lesson now and whatever,” she continued. “But the lady that was helping us... I don't think she was a huge fan of our skin tone.”
“Not at all,” her friend interjected.
“Not at all,” Zendaya agreed, to which her friend added: “She was rude.”
“Extremely,” Zendaya said, adding the store clerk told her she could not afford her stuff.
“In fact I recall her not trying to help us at all saying that we couldn’t buy the gift cards and then throwing my wallet. I can't make this up!” the actress said in incredulously. “This is what we deal with!”
“It was $400!” she said. “Long story short, there is so much progress to be done in our world.”
But soon after, she corrected herself saying the store clerk didn’t actually throw the wallet, rather tossed it at her with her cards still loose inside.
“My card fell on the scanner and she began helping other customers,” she said.
Fortunately, the store manager came out to help Zendaya and her friend and they were able to finally get their gift cards.
This isn’t the first time the singer has experienced discrimination based on her skin color. In 2015, fashion critic, Guiliana Rancic, criticized her hairstyle at the Academy Awards.
Rancic also claimed Zendaya smelled like patchouli oil or weed because of her dreadlocks.
The actress, who was 18 at the time, stood up for herself and slammed Rancic by calling her comments “ignorant, disrespectful and outrageously offensive.”
She later gracefully accepted her apology.
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