Yesterday, Giuliana Rancic was pretty much dragged up and down the Internet over a few unsavory comments she made about Zendaya’s locs at the Oscars. During a broadcast of E! Fashion Police, she quipped that the 18-year-old pop singer’s hair looked like it smelled of patchouli oil and weed. Her words caused an uproar, launching about a million blog posts, tweets and a beautifully worded response from Zendaya on why the comments were insensitive, not only to Zendaya, but to black women and men who wear their hair in locs.
Late Monday night, Giuliana tweeted quite a half-assed apology, which made people even more upset, but it looks like the TV host was saving her real apology for later. Giuliana made an on-air statement about her words yesterday, and from what we can see, it seems she’s learned a valuable lesson.
“I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night’s Fashion Police about Zendaya’s hair,” she said somberly. “I do understand that something I said last night did cross the line. I just want everyone to know 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, and 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 clichés and stereotypes, how much damage they can do, and that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further.”
Well, we’ve got about a billion emoji hand claps for Giuliana. This is how you issue a sincere apology. Situations like these are often tricky. Hair, for many black people, is so fraught with politics and painful history that it is sometimes difficult for others to realize when they are contributing to the problem. It is admirable that Giuliana came forward to not only admit her mistake, but demonstrate that she’s learned something in the process. Brava and beautifully done!
[via E! Entertainment YouTube]