On last night's episode of E!'s "Fashion Police," panelist Giuliana Rancic commented that the locs Zendaya debuted on the Oscars red carpet probably smell like "patchouli oil and weed." Now one of Rancic's co-stars, Kelly Osbourne, is making efforts to distance herself from her racially problematic words.
"I'm giving everyone involved 24 hours to make it right or the world will hear how I really feel," Osbourne tweeted Tuesday (Feb. 24). She continued: "I did not make the weed comment. I do not condone racism, so as a result of this I'm seriously questioning staying on the show!"
Osbourne was more reticent in her comments Monday night, writing: "I will not be dragged into this! The situation is being rectified like adults by both parties. I hope you can leave it to them and do the same!" She added: "You guys do realize Zendaya is my friend, right?"
Zendaya herself weighed in on Rancic's thoughtless commentary last night on Instagram, writing: "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."
The Disney Channel star-turned-singer then connected the dots between this individual microaggression and the bigger picture of racism in America: "There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough."
On Tuesday night, Rancic issued an apology on "E! News."
"I want to apologize for a comment I made on last night's 'Fashion Police' about Zendaya's hair," she began. "I just want everyone to know that I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I have 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 that I have hurt that I am so, so sincerely sorry."
She continued: "This really has been a learning experience for me. I have learned a lot today, and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of clichés and stereotypes -- how much damage they can do and that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further."