Giuliana Rancic may be a red carpet fixture, but the 40-year-old made a serious error in judgment while discussing Oscars fashion on Monday — later "apologizing" for the incident.
During a taping of 'Fashion Police,' the E! correspondent commented on actress-singer Zendaya Coleman's dreadlocks at the ceremony, saying, "I feel like she smells like patchouli oil... or maybe weed."
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Naturally, she was called out on the arguably racist remark by the 18-year-old herself. Though Zendaya didn't name the journalist directly, she did post a paragraph of text to her Instagram page in which she slams the offensive remarks.
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"There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful," the Disney Channel star wrote. "Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe. Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect."
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She continued, "There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others base on the curl of their hair...To me locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion's mane."
Giuliana has since issued an apology over Twitter to the teen:
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
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!!!
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