Last night, on Fashion Police, panelist Giluiana Rancic was breaking down the Academy Awards red carpet appearances.
Everything was nice and playful until Rancic mentioned singer/actress Zendaya. When talking about Zendaya’s dreadlocks, Rancic described them as smelling “like patchouli” or “weed.”
Many viewed this statement as racist and immediately took to social media to vent their thoughts.
Zendaya took to Twitter with a lengthy statement, writing, “There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful. Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe.”
“Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews,” she continued, “but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect. 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 still wasn’t done, writing, “I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked. I’ll have you know my father, brother, best childhood friend and little cousins all have locs. Do you want to know what Ava DuVernay (director of the Oscar nominated film Selma), Ledisi (9 time Grammy nominated singer/songerwriter and actress), Terry McMillan (author), Vincent Brown (Professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University), Heather Andrea Williams (Historian who also possesses a JD from Harvard University, and an MA and PhD from Yale University) as well as many other men women and children of all races have in common? Locs. None of which smell of marijuana.”
Zendaya continued to elaborate on the topic, detailing that, “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.”
“I suggest some people should listen to India Arie’s ‘I Am Not My Hair’ and contemplate a little before opening your mouth to judge so quickly,” Zendaya wrapped up with writing.
Here is a screenshot of what Zendaya wrote:
Rancic took to Twitter to respond, tweeting, “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!!!”
Here is a screenshot of her tweet:
Fashion Police panelist Kelly Osbourne also took to social media to weigh in. She tweeted that “I WILL NOT BE DRAGED INTO THIS! The situation is being rectified like ADULTS by both parties. I hope you can leave it to them & do the same!”
She followed this up with saying, “you guys do realize that @Zendaya is my friend right?”
Here are screenshots of her tweets:
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