Giuliana Rancic Issues Apology to Zendaya

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Giuliana Rancic is one of the co-hosts on E!’s celebrity style show, Fashion PoliceOn Monday’s show, the panel was discussing the fashion from Sunday night’s Academy Awards. When a photo of Zendaya appeared, Rancic made a comment about Zendaya’s braided hair, which looked like dreadlocks, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed.” After Rancic’s comments, Zendaya went on social media to address the comments made by the co-host. Some of the contents from her message read, “There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful,” the actress-singer wrote. She added, “To me locs [dreadlocks] are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane. I suggest some people should listen to India.Arie‘s ‘I Am Not My Hair‘ and contemplate a little before opening your mouth so quickly to judge.” 

Rancic immediately apologized to Zendaya on social media, after she received tons of backlash from her comments. “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,” Rancic tweeted. Rancic, who also works for E! News, issued a minute-long apology on the air to Zendaya and anyone else who was offended by her remarks. The co-host acknowledged that her comments crossed the line, and she stated she was truly sorry. Rancic also called the situation a learning experience. 

The other co-host on Fashion Police, Kelly Osbourne, was accused of agreeing with Rancic by stating that Zedaya may smell like marijuana. The marijuana comment was made off-camera, and so there is no guarantee who made that statement. After the accusations, Osbourne tweeted that she did not make any negative comments about Zendaya or her hair. Osbourne also said that she is friends with Zendaya, and she would never say any racist remarks like that. The co-host sent a message to Rancic, and everyone who was involved in making those hurtful comments. “I’m giving everyone involved 24 hours to make it right or the world will hear how I really feel. Contactually [contractually] I’m not allowed to speak,” she tweeted. Osbourne also threatened to the leave Fashion Police amidst the racial controversy.  

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