E! Fashion Host Giuliana Rancic has issued a heartfelt apology to Zendaya Coleman after Monday night’s “Fashion Police” fiasco.
After Rancic commented that Zendaya’s faux locs probably “smelt like patchouli oil … or weed,” the entire internet blew up. This was a particularly lazy racial stereotype and the history of black hair criticism is intimately and deeply felt in the African American community.
So basically, everyone was mad at Rancic.
However, I don’t think anyone expected Rancic’s apology to be so heart-felt and sincere. I definitely didn’t.
“I’d really like to address something that is weighing very heavy on my heart. I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night’s “Fashion Police” about Zendaya’s hair. Now as you know, “Fashion Police” is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, but I do understand something I said last night did cross the line. I just want everyone to know that I didn’t intend to hurt anybody. But I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters; it’s the result. And the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya. That is not OK.
Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya, and anyone else out there that I have hurt, that I am so, so sincerely sorry. This really has been a learning experience for me — I’ve learned a lot today — and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes, how much damage they can do, and that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further. Thank you for listening.” – Giuliana Rancic
I for one, am very proud of Rancic, and I hope others will take note of her eloquence the next time they say something stupid.