In her time as a red carpet correspondent for E!, Giuliana Rancic has made her fair share of uncomfortable jokes, but this one certainly takes the cake as one of the most misguided. During a broadcast of the Oscars edition of E! Fashion Police, Giuliana had what she thought was a cute little quip regarding 18-year-old Zendaya Coleman’s freshly-twisted locs. “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil,” Giuliana said, “Or weed…maybe weed?”
Yep. Because if you have locs, you are automatically some kind of hippie or Rastafarian — people who fall out of those categories definitely don’t have locs. And they definitely should be made fun of for them, right Giuliana? Giuliana’s cluelessness set Twitter ablaze last night, with members of the Twitterati calling out the TV host for her ignorant remarks.
I’m a loc rocker and I smell like awesome and black vanilla. @GiulianaRancic better occupy EVERY seat this side of the Equator.
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) February 24, 2015
Giuliana Rancic is our most useless human https://t.co/c8do3RxVWV
— Amanda Mull (@amandamull) February 24, 2015
The issue I have more than anything is you threw hate like that at someone young enough to be your daughter, @GiulianaRancic.
— Charles Wade (@akacharleswade) February 24, 2015
— Nigel Isaiah (@Nigel_Isaiah) February 24, 2015
Zendaya certainly wasn’t going to take Giuliana’s comments lying down. In a display of pure class, the youngster took to Instagram to post a response. “There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful,” she wrote. “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 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.” (more…)