Zendaya made sure to leave her mark at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards. The Spider-Man: Homecoming star took the stage after winning Choice Summer Movie Actress, and Zendaya's Teen Choice Awards speech delivered some much-needed words of wisdom to fans. "Thank you so much, this means so much to me," the actor began, looking out at her screaming fans. But Zendaya didn't limit herself to simple gratitude. Instead, she decided to use her speech to speak directly to young viewers.
"Spider-Man is about a young person and so right now I want to talk to all the young people in the audience right now," the actor said. "With all the injustice and hatred and everything that is happening right now in the world and in our country... I need you to listen and pay attention... You have a voice and it's OK to use it when you see something bad happening."
Zendaya, of course, is known for both her work on the big and small screen as well as her political and social activism, and she has never been shy about trying to get her fans involved. As such, she reminded her fans to "stay educated" and reminded young change-makers everywhere to "not let people tell you what they think you should feel."
The actor, who was also accepting the award for Choice Summer Movie on behalf of Homecoming, ended on an inspiring note, telling the audience, "You guys are the ones that are gonna make the world better."
Her speech quickly took over Twitter, with fans praising the actor for using her platform to spread such a positive message.
queen @Zendaya preaching at the TCAs using what is rightfully HER moment to talk about social issues on such a large platform. what an icon— kyla (@bispideys) August 14, 2017
Zendaya is a woke legend— Trevor Moran (@TrevorMoran) August 14, 2017
zendaya using her platform to uplift and empower young people makes me so happy and i'm incredibly appreciative for it, more than i can say.— yas (@micheIIesjones) August 14, 2017
But whether you're a young person, young at heart, or far from your youth, her message is one that can inspire us all. No matter what dark times we're facing, our most powerful weapon against injustice is our voices.