Zendaya Puts Giuliana Rancic on Blast for ‘Ignorant Slurs’ About Her Dreadlocks at Oscars, Rancic Apologizes
Zendaya Coleman looked drop-dead gorgeous at Sunday’s Oscars, but that didn’t stop E!’s Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic from making some very offensive comments about her hair during their Oscars special Monday night (Feb. 23, 2014).
So, Zendaya called out Rancic for her “insensitive slurs” with poise.
On Monday’s show, Rancic first complimented the 18-year-old actress by saying “I love Zendaya’s style,” but thought that because she has “such a tiny frame,” her long hair “overwhelms her.” Then Rancic joked that because of her dreadlocks, Zendaya probably “smells like patchouli oil or weed.”
Yes, she said that.
Zendaya put Rancic on blast on Instagram by laying out why her comment was totally off-base, writing in part “There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful…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.”
The actress then named family members and notorious individuals who have dreadlocks, saying that “none of [those people] smell of marijuana.”
She then added, “There is already harsh criticism of African-American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough. To me locks are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane.”
Rancic immediately took to Twitter late last night to apologize, essentially expressing that she didn’t mean any harm and it wasn’t about race.