Zendaya has accepted Giuliana Rancic’ apology for describing her Oscars hairstyle in a way she considered ‘disrespectful’ and ‘offensive.’
It all started during Monday night’s Fashion Police, where the E! host remarked that the 18-year old’s dreadlocks ‘overwhelms her’, adding that she probably ‘smells like patchouli oil or weed.’ The weed comment particularly irked Zendaya, who posted a long Twitter response that same day blasting Rancic for her comments.
‘There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful,’ she wrote. ‘Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe… because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect. To say that an 18 year old woman with locs must smell of patchouly oil or “weed” is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive. I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked.’
Rancic immediately apologized to her on Twitter, writing, ‘Dear @Zendaya, I’m sorry I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!’ But this apology apparently went unnoticed, as on Tuesday fellow Fashion Police host Kelly Osbourne popped out of nowhere into the picture, sending out tweets that suggested she – not Rancic – was being blasted for the remarks.
‘I WILL NOT BE DRAGED (sic) INTO THIS! The situation is being rectified like ADULTS by both parties. I hope you can leave it to them & do the same!’ Osbourne tweeted. ‘Im giving everyone involved 24 hours to make it right or the world will hear how I really feel. contactually Im not allowed to speak!’ And then there was this: ‘I DID NOT MAKE THE WEED COMENT. I DO NOT CONDONE RACISM SO AS A RSULT OF THIS IM SEREIOULSY QUESTIONONIG (sic) STAYING ON THE SHOW!’
This outburst apparently forced Rancic to apologize again, this time on Tuesday’s E! News broadcast. Her words:
I want to apologize for a comment I made on last night’s ‘Fashion Police’ about Zendaya’s hair. As you know, ‘Fashion Police’ is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, but I do understand that something I said last night did cross the line. I just want everyone to know, I didn’t intend to hurt anybody. But I’ve learned it’s not my intent that matters, it’s the result, and the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not okay.
Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya, and anyone else out there that I have hurt, that I am so, so sincerely sorry. This really has been a learning experience for me.
On Wednesday, Zendaya sent out another long Instagram post, accepting Rancic’s apology:
Studies have shown that even though we try to act without prejudice, sometimes it’s just hidden inside us due to our past or surroundings. That hidden prejudice is often influential in our actions. It’s our job to spot these issues within others and ourselves and destroy them before they become hurtful.
I have so many people looking up to me, that I couldn’t be scared, wait it out, nor could I just stand up for me; I had to do it for WE. It is important in this journey to remember that just because someone has inflicted hurt upon us, it does not give us the right to do the same. Body shaming and other hurtful tactics will never get the job done. As hard as it was to stop MYSELF from being ignorant and from posting the first mean words that came to my mind because I was hurt, I had to think about the bigger picture. Instead I sat for two hours on my phone, doing my research and formulating an educated response.
Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I’m glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network. I hope that others negatively affected by her words can also find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well. From a quote we all know by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.’ Let’s be that light and spread that love.
Here is video of Rancic making the offensive remark:
And her apology: