February 22, 2015: At the 87th Oscar Awards, accused of being completely white washed in comparison to past shows, 18-year-old Zendaya Coleman dared to rock a do that made a huge statement. She graced the red carpet in a cream Vivienne Westwood satin dress paired with some chest length faux locs. Many praised Zendaya for her look, except the Fashion Police.
On their post-grammy recap Giuliana Rancic commented on Zendaya’s locs stating that it, “looks like they smell like patchouli oil and weed.” Sadly, young Zendaya was the victim of these racial stereotypes of Black hair being dirty and unkempt. Yet Ms. Coleman handled the situation with much respect and class issuing a letter to Giuliana via social media.
February 23, 2015: She posted the following message to her instagram account:
February 23, 2015: Giuliana then issued on air and twitter apologies on the following episode of the Fashion Police.
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!!!
— Giuliana Rancic (@GiulianaRancic) February 24, 2015
“I want to apologize for a statement I made on last night’s fashion police about Zendaya’s hair… I do understand that something I said last night crossed the line. The result is that people are offended including Zendaya and that is not okay.” – Giuliana Rancic on Fashion Police
Watch it below.
February 25, 2015: Zendaya later crafted a second letter stating that she forgave Ms. Rancic and hopes that she took it as a learning experience.
February 26, 2016: After Zendaya decidedly took the high road and forgave Giuliana for her comments I had hoped that the issue would be resolved. However, yesterday Giuliana went on to blame the comments on a Fashion Police writer. She stated that originally the line was supposed to be “she looks like she smells like patchouli oil” followed by “I heard she’s going on a tour with the Grateful Dead,” referring to hippie culture. She also added that, “No one thought the line was racist.”
If no one thought the “patchouli oil” comment was racist and offensive than you need some new writers and obviously some common sense since you threw “smelling of weed” into the equation.
We shall stay tuned to see if Zendaya has any further comments on the matter.