Skai Jackson is taking a stand against bullying. The young star tells Huffington Post that she gets her confidence to combat bullying from her mother.
“When I was younger in public school, I would always get bullied for little things like being the shortest in my class, being smallest, just really stupid things,” Skai says. “My mom would always tell me, ‘if someone bullies you, don’t just sit there and let them bully you. Do something about it or tell someone about it.'”
Jackson definitely took her mother’s advice earlier this month when recording artist Azealia Banks tried to belittle her on Twitter. Skai suggested that the singer “simmer down” after Azealia went on a racist rant against Zayn Malik. The 24-year-old went on to attack Skai. “Grow some hips and start ur menses,” Banks tweeted. “Stay in a child’s place.” Skai ultimately responded to the distasteful comments by saying, “I’ll be praying for you.”
Although she faces much criticism, Skai focuses on more important things in life. “I’m living for what I do, I’m living for myself,” she shares with Huffington Post. “Anyone’s opinion that’s hateful, it just doesn’t matter to me because to me, it feels like for you to be spending time to comment on my page or liking my posts and saying these things, obviously I’m doing something for you to pay attention. So no matter what I’m doing, you guys are paying attention even though you are hating. So I just don’t take any offense to it and I’ve dealt with it since I was 9 years old and even younger. And know that it doesn’t really matter what people say. I’m just rooting for myself.”
Skai is most popular for Disney’s hit series ‘Jessie.’ She also had key roles in The Watsons Go To Birmingham and The Smurfs.