Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade have been widely praised for the way in which they have supported Wade’s son, Zion, as he explores his identity. The 12-year-old had his family in tow when he attended the Miami Pride parade earlier this year, and now it’s clear that the Being Mary Jane star is willing to clap back at haters who make ignorant comments about her family online.
Earlier this week, the retired NBA player posted a picture of the Bring It On starlet, their daughter Kaavia James Union Wade, and Wade’s 12-year-old child Zion, on his Instagram story. He captioned the picture,
“My Girls,” with a black and red heart emoji.
Sadly, the post attracted more than a few hateful comments and Union was quick to put at least one hater in their place.
On Tuesday (Oct. 15), Union retweeted a message from a follower that read “What y’all think about this?” and added a comment of her own:
Looks like love to me 🤷🏾♀️ I truly hope that everyone gets the love, support and hugs they deserve. Also Kaav ain't with the dumb shit. Peace & Blessings good people. https://t.co/faFyusNktj— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) October 15, 2019
The scathing clapback has been shared more than 4,000 times with over 12,000 Likes as of Tuesday evening.
Zion is the former Miami Heat shooting guard’s child with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. In April, the retired NBA player and Union showed their support for Zion when he attended the Miami Pride parade.
USA Today reports Wade shared a photo of Zion, Union and others with the sweet caption, "Zion had his... cheering section today. Wish I was there to see you smile kid!” Wade was in Toronto for an NBA game.
The Nebraska-born actress rode a float with Kaavia, Zion, and Zaire, Wade and Funches oldest son during the parade, sharing her own Instagram Story photos and videos from the event.
Wade and Union’s love and unconditional support for Zion has been praised on social media ever since.
Dwayne Wade and Gabby Union supporting young Zion at Miami Pride is so beautiful, I could cry. I can’t imagine having had this type of support as a kid (or even young adult). Amazing example of living in and showing unconditional love 💕 pic.twitter.com/2cT8Ow6kik— Câmi Thomas (@CamiCruzThomas) April 7, 2019
this brought tears to my eyes. a prominent black athlete and prominent black actress embracing and accepting their son for who he is and loving him regardless. simply beautiful ❤️😭🌈 pic.twitter.com/pY1rIUNCPt— Ki 🅴🤦🏾♀️ (@KiAirUh) April 7, 2019
Unbelievably heartwarming.— Sam White (@samwhiteout) April 8, 2019
Every kid deserves to be accepted and supported and loved like this.
One of the many examples of Wade & Union being just plain good people. https://t.co/K7HzM3UqZL
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