Rancic apologizes for ‘weed’ jab at Zendaya’s dreadlocks

Zendaya arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Giuliana Rancic is apologizing to Zendaya and others offended by Rancic’s “Fashion Police” jab at the actress-singer’s Oscar-night dreadlocks.

On “E! News” Tuesday, Rancic said the reaction to her comments has increased her awareness of, in her words, “cliches and stereotypes.”

They are damaging, she said, adding that she and others have the responsibility to avoid perpetuating them.

During Monday’s “Fashion Police” on the E! channel, Rancic said that Zendaya’s hair suggested the smell of patchouli oil or marijuana.

Her “E! News” remarks went beyond an apology tweet in which Rancic said her references had nothing to do with race.

Zendaya’s father is African American.

In a long Twitter post, the 18-year-old Zendaya called Rancic’s “Fashion Police” comment about her dreadlocks “outrageously offensive.”

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s