E! red carpet correspondent Guiliana Rancic apologized on-air last night after the offensive remarks she made about singer Zendaya Coleman's dreadlocks probably smelling like drugs earned the ire of thousands.
Monday, Rancic quipped that she didn't care for Zendaya's look, saying, "I feel like she smells like patchouli oil… or weed.”
Yesterday, she was sincerely apologetic.
I’d really like to address something that is weighing very heavy on my heart. I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night’s Fashion Police about Zendaya’s hair. Now, as you know,Fashion Police is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, but I do understand that something I said last night did cross the line. I just want everyone to know, I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters — 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. 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 cliches and stereotypes, how much damage they can do. And that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further. Thank you for listening.
Realizing that she could offend without intending to: Great. Much better than her original faux-pology on Twitter.
Danielle Henderson is a lapsed academic, heavy metal karaoke machine, and culture editor at Fusion. She enjoys thinking about how race, gender, and sexuality shape our cultural narratives, but not in a boring way.