Giuliana remarked that Zendaya’s hair smelled like “patchouli oil…or weed”, but issued an apology for her comments.
Update! Giuliana issues a heartfelt apology on “Fashion Police” to Zendaya.
Coleman hit back at the fashion critic and correspondent, saying her comments were disrespectful.
She wrote, “There is a fine line between what is funny and dispectful,” she 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.”
The “Zapped” star added, “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. I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked.”
She went on to say that some notable African-American like “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and “men, women and children of all races” have locs and “none of which smell of marijuana.”
Zendaya shared some pictures of her Oscars dreadlocks on Instagram.
Some Twitter users also slammed Giuliana for her “racist” comment.
Professor Oak wrote, “Not that it matters @GiulianaRancic, but in case you were wondering my locs smell like shea butter and college tuition.”
Trudy tweeted, “Your racist and xenophobic statement about Zendaya’s hair wasn’t funny. Try being interesting, for once. Make it a goal. @GiulianaRancic.”
Other users pointed out the hypocrisy of Giuliana’s comment because she previously praised Kylie Jenner for sporting dreadlocks. #JeSuisPaiPai tweeted, “But Kylie Jenner’s hair is cool and edgy though, right? Foh @GiulianaRancic.”
Giuliana apologized to Zendaya, saying that her comment wasn’t mean to be racist. “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!!!” she tweeted.
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