4-year-old's classy comeback for student who called her 'ugly' goes viral
'I didn't come here to make a fashion statement. I came here to learn, not look pretty.'
It doesn't take more than a few minutes of cruising YouTube to understand that kids really do say the darndest things.
Videos of babies mispronouncing words and local news reports featuring precocious youngsters bring smiles to countless faces every year, but once in a while a child does something in a viral clip that actually blows our minds.
Meet four-year-old Siahj (Miss CiCi) Chase – the pint-sized prodigy who's inspiring people all over the web right now with wisdom well beyond her years.
In the clip above, Cici recounts something that happened to her at school earlier in the day while her mother films.
"What happened in school today?" asks Cici's mom, Sonya, who lives with her daughter in Nassau, Bahamas, according to her Facebook profile.
"A little boy said I look…" says Cici, trailing off for a moment before repeating what the boy said. "Ugly."
"And what did you say?" her mom prompts.
"I said, 'I didn't come here to make a fashion statement. I came here to learn, not look pretty!'" Cici says, smiling. "And the little boy said I look bad, and I said, 'Did you look in the mirror lately? Bye bye, see you later, you're making me mad!'"
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It didn't pick up much steam, however, until it was re-posted to a YouTube channel called Your Daily Viral Videos on March 5.
It has since racked up more than 1.7 million views.
Comeback with class
News outlets and bloggers from across the world have been praising CiCi for standing up to her playground bully since the clip started going viral, many of them holding her actions up as an example of how to shut down haters with class.
"Many of us as adults wouldn't have been able to respond without lowering ourselves to the level of our hater, but not Miss Cici – who, by the way – is amazingly articulate for a pre-kindergarten student, or anyone really," wrote The Inquisitr. "Come on, when was the last time you were so poised and quick-witted in an unpleasant confrontation?"
And the Daily Dot's Greg Seals summed up what many on Twitter and YouTube have been saying about CiCi's video when he wrote: "This girl is giving us hope for the next generation of strong women."
Famous as she now may be, Miss CiCi is unfazed by her recent rise to internet superstardom, according to Sonya.
"I read lots of the comments that people wrote," she told the Huffington Post on Monday. "And I just want to say thanks to everyone that said nice and encouraging things to and about her. I read some of them to Cici and she just smiles and giggles."