Zendaya Shuts Down Giuliana Rancic’s “Ignorant” Comments on Her Oscars Hair (VIDEO)
As is the custom, the cast of Fashion Police rounded up for Monday night’s Oscar special to dish the best and worst looks on the red carpet for the 87th Academy Awards. And while the police squad are known for making snarky — albeit funny — commentary, Giuliana Rancic and Kathy Griffin's remarks on actress Zendaya’s hair of the evening turned out to be a major faux pas.
You see, Zendaya opted out of wearing her super cute Grammy’s pixie cut for long, sleek dreadlocs for the evening. During the Fashion Police special, Giuliana commented that Zendaya’s look made the host feel as though Zendaya “smelled like patchouli oils,” with Kathy pitching in “and weed.” Giuliana then reiterated Kelly’s “weed” sentiments and that’s when things went downhill.
Fans hopped on Twitter to express their disappointment in Giuliana’s comments, demanding that she apologize to Zendaya for dissing her locs — especially since Giuliana was in love with the hairstyle when Kylie Jenner rocked them in early February.
It didn’t take too long after the comments went viral for Zendaya to share her thoughts on what she called the Fashion Police hosts’ “ignorant” comments:
“There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful,” Zendaya started her response on Instagram, going on to add, “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.”
Zendaya then listed the members of her family who all wear their hair in locs, as well as prominent members in society with the same hairstyle, including Selma director Ava DuVernay, whose locs were also on the red carpet.
“There is already a 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,” Zendaya said. “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.”
Many people on Twitter applauded Zendaya’s response, with Tamar Braxton reposting it on Instagram, saying, “I'll take @zendaya for 200 Alex ....cause that was HARDLY funny fashion police [seat emoji].”
Giuliana later tweeted an apology to Zendaya for her criticisms, saying, “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!!!” About an hour later, co-host Kelly Osbourne also took to Twitter to say that she would not be “dragged into this!” as the situation was “being rectified like ADULTS by both parties,” later chiming in that she and Zendaya are friends.
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Source: Zendaya on Instagram, Giuliana Rancic on Twitter, Kelly Osbourne on Twitter