Zendaya: Giuliana Rancic’s Comment Is ‘Outrageously Offensive’

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UPDATE: While it was
originally reported that Kelly Osbourne responded “or weed” to Giuliana
Rancic’s controversial critique of Zendaya’s hair, Osbourne took to
Twitter to assure fans it wasn’t her. “I DID NOT MAKE THE WEED COMENT,”
she tweeted Tuesday (Feb. 24).

Zendaya at the Oscars

E!’s Fashion Police took their criticism on celebrity style too far when discussing Zendaya‘s look at Sunday’s Oscars. The singer/actress rocked dreadlocks and a Vivienne Westwood gown to the 87th annual Academy Awards.

During a post-Oscars episode of E!’s Fashion Police,
Giuliana Rancic offered an offensive comment on Zendaya: “I feel like
she smells like patchouli oil.” “Or weed,” someone says off-camera,
initially reported to be co-host Kelly Oscourne.

“Maybe weed?” Rancic chimed in.

Zendaya took to social media to respond to Rancic’s comments and took
the opportunity to touch on society’s ignorance regarding black women’s
hair.

“To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell of
patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously
offensive,” she wrote. “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.”

Rancic offered an apology (kind of) to Zendaya on Twitter saying that
she was talking about her “bohemian chic look” and it had “nothing to
do with race.” “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!!!”

Kelly Osbourne also took to Twitter to address the matter (kind of also) and to alert her followers that “Zendaya is my friend.”

 | Billboard

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