Why This Disney Channel Star Defended Zayn Malik Against a Racist Celeb

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The phrase “pick on someone your own size” does not resonate with Disney Channel’s Skai Jackson. At only 14 years old, she was confident enough to stick up to 25-year-old Azealia Banks, a rapper who went on a racist, homophobic and all-around problematic Twitter rant against former One Direction heartthrob, Zayn Malik. So why did the Bunk’d actress decide to get involved?

“When I saw what she was doing, I was like, ‘This is not okay,'” she told us. “At first my mom was like, ‘What is going on? Why would you do that?’ But then she was proud of me for having my own voice. Even all of my friends, they were like, ‘Wow, you really stood up to her.’ After [I said something], her Twitter got deleted, so it’s kind of like [I] helped in general to get her Twitter deleted and what not.”

Reppin' @zayn

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Being able to speak her mind and use her voice for the greater good is something that is incredibly important to the teen, which is why she decided to team up with the No Kid Hungry organization to work to end children’s hunger in America.

“I love what they stand for and their inspiring message…I think it’s really great and I love working with [the organization]. I was already looking for a charity to get into; That’s something I’ve always wanted to do. When they approached me, it really stuck out to me. Just getting this message out and getting people to join No Kid Hungry, I really wanted to do it.”

We love it! When Skai isn’t helping make the world a better place you can probably find her doing something many people only DREAM of — being meme’d! The ‘Petty Skai Jackson‘ meme basically rocked our world last year, and while some would be embarrassed at the thought of becoming an Internet joke, the beauty was totally cool with it.

I'm dead #skaisthelimit

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“I didn’t take any offense to [the meme]. People thought like, I was being bullied or teased by it but I was like, ‘No! This is so funny.’ I’m getting more publicity from this, for one, and also, I love memes!” she said.

To sum it up, Skai is basically #QUEEN.


Skai’s not the only bad-ass celeb who bravely stood up to racists on social media. Check out 6 other fierce females who told it how it is: