Zendaya is currently facing criticism on social media after having made what some have called “xenophobic” remarks. Specifically, Zendaya made some comments regarding her boyfriend Tom Holland’s British accent.
The two have been dating one another for several years now. It’s been a relationship followed closely on social media, not only because they’re both celebrities, but that it mirrors their own fictional relationship in the Spider-Man franchise. Tom Holland plays Peter Parker while Zendaya plays his love interest, MJ.
As mentioned, however, some fans are now criticizing their relationship. It’s all because of a recent interview Zendaya participated in with The Sun. Interestingly, Zendaya admits to loving Holland’s accent, but that it’s his use of slang that throws her off.
“I love the British accent, but as much as Tom tries to explain it to me, I will never understand rhyming slang” she begins. “Like I understand the concept — but what do apples and pears have to do with stairs? It’s cute when he tells me all the different phrases — but I really don’t get it!”
It’s clear that Zendaya made these comments in jest. But some users are completely dissatisfied with how she answered. Here are the responses that fans have been sharing about Zendaya and her allegedly “xenophobic” remarks:
This is so xenophobic, I feel bad for Tom. Not sure why she would even admit this weirdo stuff
I’m not having it that Tom Holland bounces around using Cockney Rhyming Slang hahaha no he does not. He’s never said “the apples n pairs” to you once Zendaya has he hun? Not once. https://t.co/3nPql2LjXe
Its not xenophobic to not understand slang from another country. Slang and idioms are just as regional as language and dialects are. As long as she’s not making fun, which she isn’t, then its not a problem.
Of course, what really matters is how Tom Holland feels about Zendaya’s comments. And if he’s still okay with her sense of humor and how she interprets his accent or use of slang – then that’s what counts. Unfortunately, the two have such a massive following online, it’s going to be difficult to avoid backlash or even rumors at any given time. But the two have certainly done their best so far to look like the perfect power couple.
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