Giuliana Rancic has issued an apology to Zendaya Coleman.
On an episode of E!’s Fashion Police dedicated to the 2015 Oscars fashion, Rancic criticized the young star's look by saying it appeared as if the 18-year old "smells like patchouli oil… or maybe weed."
It was certainly an odd remark, and it prompted Zendaya to call Rancic out for her insensitivity on Instagram.
“There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful," Coleman wrote. "Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe. Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and 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.
"I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked."
In response, Giuliana Tweeted a mea culpa last night.
"Dear @Zendaya, I'm sorry I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!"
We believe her, but still. Perhaps it's time networks stopped airing programs based entirely on the judgment of others.
This beef, of course, was not the only issue to arise from the 2015 Academy Awards:
- A Fox anchor named Kristi Capel also apologized for using the word jigaboo to describe Lady Gaga.
- Patricia Arquette defended her pro-women's rights stance against haters and critics.
Here is a general look at nearly every celebrity on the red carpet of Sunday's big ceremony: