The 2020 Emmys provided an educational moment for Zendaya fans who seem to have been confused by the meaning of “upset”.
The surprise victory of the 24-year-olds for her portrayal of Rue Bennett in HBO’s “Euphoria” over acting vets Jennifer Aniston, Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh left groupies in shock – at the New York Post tweet in which Zendaya’s leading actress was announced to win in a drama series.
“Biggest surprise: Zendaya wins Emmys 2020 against Jennifer Aniston, Laura Linney,” read the post’s tweet, accompanied by a screenshot of a tickled Zendaya, the youngest woman to win the trophy in Emmys history.
The fans quickly came to Zendaya̵
“Nobody is upset”, wrote a fan and collected more than 1,000 “Likes” on the platform. “I understand I hate to see a powerful woman win an award she deserves,” commented another less impressed fan.
Some were quick to point out that in a competition such as a sports game or awards ceremony, “angry” means a surprise win, especially for an outsider like Zendaya, who competes against industry heavyweights.
“There is no hope for humanity when so many people do not know what ‘a surprise’ means,” said one tweeter while another complained. “Damn it, you should have used a different word in the dictionary.”
Hundreds of amateur linguists have pondered the multiple meanings of the word with Zendaya, and whether The Post underestimated the former Disney princess’s performance in the HBO drama. Other internet warriors claimed in the replies to the original tweet that they were fighting for their “Ozark” queen Linney – including:
“Zendaya did a great job, but Laura Linney deserved this award. She was excellent. “