Rancic went on air yesterday to not just apologize for her racist remark that Zendaya's dreadlocks must smell like patchouli and weed, but to explain the lesson she has learned from the experience — and that last part is something usually sorely lacking from celebrity mea culpas.
"I just want everyone to know I didn't intend to hurt anybody, but I learned it is not my intent that matters," Rancic said. "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," she said. "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, [and] how much damage they can do. And that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further. Thank you for listening."
So is all forgiven? It is by Zendaya, at least.
The young star could not have handled this entire mess in a classier manner. Zendaya is a real role model for all of us, regardless of race — or hairstyle.
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