Zendaya Accepts Giuliana Rancic’s Apology Following Controversial Dreadlocks Comment
The saga comes to an end.
After multiple apologies on Giuliana Rancic’s part for making a controversial comment about Zendaya’s dreadlocks at the 2015 Academy Awards, the former Disney Channel star has decided to forgive the E! correspondent for her on-air remarks, which many viewers found offensive and racist towards the African-American community.
In a new statement from Zendaya, the 18-year-old accepts Rancic’s mea culpa. She writes on an Instgram posts, “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.”
She adds, “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.”
Zendaya’s full statement reads:
The controversy began when Rancic, while hosting an Oscars edition of Fashion Police, commented that Zendaya “probably smelled like patchouli oil or weed” when she sported dreadlocks to the Academy Awards. The actress then responded with a lengthy statement, in which she wrote that Rancic’s behavior was “outrageously offensive” and played into “a large stereotype.”
Amid the back-and-forth, Fashion Police’s Kelly Osbourne threatened to quit the series if things did not work out between the two.
Rancic has since publicly apologized on Twitter and E! News for her remarks.