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. 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. To me locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane.โ€” Zendaya Coleman
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E! Fashion Host Giuliana Rancic has issued a heartfelt apology to Zendaya Coleman after Monday night’s “Fashion Police” fiasco.ย 

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.ย 

So basically, everyone was mad at Rancic.ย 

However, I don’t think anyone expected Rancic’s apology to be so heart-felt and sincere. I definitely didn’t.ย 

“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 โ€” I’ve learned a lot today โ€” 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.” โ€“ 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.ย 

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