If you heard someone mention the name Zendaya in the past few days and had no idea who they were talking about, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, unless you have children or consistently watch the Disney Channel, there’s really no reason you should have heard of her until now.
Zendaya Coleman is an 18-year-old singer as well as the star of Disney’s K.C. Undercover and this weekend, E!’s Fashion Poilce host Giuliana Rancic made some not-so-subtle-racist comments about Zendaya’s red carpet dreadlocks.
Rancic commented that Zendaya’s hair smelled like, “patchouli oil … or weed.” Something the actress of African-American descent quickly pointed out as offensive.
Zendaya posted a lengthy response on her Twitter (which you can read below) stating, “There is already a 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.”
If you want to see Giuliana attempt to save her job, you can see her second apology here: