It’s time for E! to start taking responsibility for Giuliana Rancic’s quote about Zendaya’s dreadlocks on Fashion Police. The TV host has held the burden of the joke and its backlash, while others who actually wrote it and edited the episode have yet to come forward.
Rancic joked that the actress/singer’s Oscar dreadlocks looked like they smelled of “weed” or “patchouli oil,” stirring an enormous amount of controversy and a disheartening response from Zendaya herself. The E! News correspondent’s job has been on the line, while she has received death threats and been deemed racist.
TheWrap obtained the entirety of the joke – that was scripted – which makes us see how her statement could’ve been taken out of context. (The part that didn’t air is bolded.)
“I love Zendaya’s style and I love when she has the little hair, she just had it. She has such a tiny frame that this hair to me overwhelms her, it’s really heavy it overwhelms her [and it’s just like too Boho. Zendaya is more high fashion. The hair to me, on her, is making her a little boho] like I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed.
Before she could finish the passage with, “Is she going on tour with The Grateful Dead this summer?,” host Kathy Griffin cut her off.
We see how the joke could still be viewed as offensive, but don’t understand why the network hasn’t done anything to help Giuliana or itself by explaining the entirety of the situation. At the end of the day, Giuliana is the one who said it, but it still isn’t right that she’s been the only one to blame.
Now that more light has been shed on the situation, do you think the treatment she’s received is fair? Let us know in the comments section.
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