At the 2015 Oscars on Feb. 22, 18-year-old singer and Disney star Zendaya opted to wear dreadlocks to the ceremony. In light of the Oscars, during Monday’s Fashion Police, host Giuliana Rancic went through the most popular looks, and then proceeded to comment on Zendaya’s hair, saying that the actress must have smelled of “weed” and “patchouli.”
Viewers did not take this statement lightly, and neither did Zendaya, who posted an Instagram addressing the unkind comments. “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. I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked.” She even named successful black women including Ava DuVernay and Terry McMillan that have locs that don’t smell like marijuana.
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) February 24, 2015
At the bottom of the post, the singer concluded, “I suggest some people should listen to India Arie’s ‘I Am Not My Hair’ and contemplate a little before opening your mouth so quickly to judge.” Rancic took to Twitter to apologize, claiming that she didn’t mean the comments to be racist; instead she said she was “referring to a bohemian, chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!”
Locs are not new to controversy, as in the past they have been a lightning rod not only in Hollywood but in the workplace. In fact, last year a Louisiana school banned a Rastafarian teen for refusing to cut his dreadlocks. He was sent home for violating school policies, since his hair extended past the collar of his shirt.
— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) February 24, 2015
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E! News' Giuliana Rancic apologies to Zendaya following her patchouli oil/weed jab http://t.co/HrS33pcjKS
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