Giuliana Rancic may be getting a little carried away in the post-Joan Rivers era of E!’s Fashion Police, and her comments regarding Zendaya’s dreadlocks prove that point.
Among the many celebrities that Giuliana and company critiqued on the Oscar edition of the hit show was teen starlet Zendaya, but it was the red carpet host’s remarks about her dreadlocks that really hit a nerve with folks, including the Disney singer/actress herself. During the segment, Rancic told her cohosts, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil… or maybe weed.”
It’s one thing to criticize someone’s outfit or hair and it’s another thing to drop drug references about them, so when Zendaya got word of Rancic’s comments, she went off. In a very lengthy post on social media, Zendaya called her remarks “pure disrespect.” “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,” Zendaya wrote. “I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked.”
Zendaya wasn’t the only one caught off-guard by Rancic’s remarks, as a slew of celebs came to her defensive to shut down the E! host’s jab, including Khloé Kardashian, Tamar Braxton and Timbaland.
@Zendaya you are a gorgeous, intelligent young lady! I love all that you represent! Keep empowering and shine bright! 💋
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) February 24, 2015
— TAMAR BRAXTON (@TamarBraxtonHer) February 24, 2015
— Timbaland (@Timbaland) February 24, 2015
Giuliana got wind of all the backlash and tried to apologize to Zendaya, referencing the star’s bohemian-chic look, but it was simply just too little, too late. Word of advice, Giuliana: Try to think before you speak next time.