— The Kitchenista (@MissAngelaDavis) February 24, 2015
I don’t typically spotlight celebrity fodder, but this particular occurrence invoked a personal outrage within, to the point that I felt the need to use my platform as a method of discussion. I now have an issue with E! News/E! Fashion Police correspondent Giuliana Rancic. In the above video clips, Rancic and her E! Fashion Police co-hosts are seen unnecessarily tearing apart singer/actress, Zendaya. Look at how Giuliana erupts into laughter when comedian Kathy Griffin jokes about how Zendaya‘s appearance at the 2015 Academy Awards seems ill-fitting for the Disney starlet? Rancic herself then continues the bullying, picking apart Zendaya‘s locs hairstyle, alleging that she “smells like patchouli oil… and weed.”
I get that Giuliana is carelessly perpetuating stereotypes associated with dreadlocks. Regardless, it’s still infuriating. Social media immediately came to Zendaya‘s defense, attacking Rancic’s own looks, prompting the E! Network personality to release the following nonchalant apology:
Really, Giuliana? You say you were referring to a “bohemian chic look” when you quite literally said, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil… and weed.” If you’re going to project negative stereotypes onto someone by way of their appearance, at least get your wording in check. Then, to follow your ignorant, unwarranted commentary with a lackadaisical apology? Well, I’m glad Zendaya responded, below, due to her desire to not let “certain remarks go unchecked.”
Well played, Zendaya. Be proud of who you are and what you love. Don’t let any bully tell you otherwise. Speaking of bullies, that’s my problem with Giuliana Rancic. Born in Italy, she immigrated to America, learned our language as her second, but doesn’t even know how to use it properly. Originally aspiring to be an actress/model, she never fully materialized those dreams and now makes a living bullying everyone else who is doing what she couldn’t do better herself.
Kind of pathetic, if you ask me.
UPDATE: Giuliana Rancic just issued an official televised apology on the E! Network, below. This one – unlike the shortened one offered on twitter – seems so genuine that I am going to excuse her behavior as the “learning lesson” she called it. I’m glad she got her wording right and came at the situation better this time. Stereotypes shouldn’t be perpetuated, but when they unfortunately are, they deserve to be defended.