Thursday, February 26, 2015

Zendaya Accepts Giuliana Rancic's Apology (New Statement)

Zendaya has replied to Giuliana Rancic's apology for her offensive "Fashion Police" comment about the star's dreadlocks at the 2015 Oscars.  

Rancic, 40, claimed Zendaya's hair "probably smelled like patchouli oil or weed," a claim considered as racist. The TV personality shared a video apology to Zendaya on Tuesday and the actress responded with a long statement on social media on Wednesday.

In her new comments on the incident, Zendaya accepts Giuliana's apology and asks others who were disturbed by the remark to do the same. She admits that she first wanted to insult the E! host with her own mean-spirited slam, but decided to "think about the bigger picture" and respond with an "educated response." Zendaya's reaction worked, as she was praised online for her maturity, just as Rancic was asked to take responsibility for her nastiness.

Check out Zendaya's new statement below...

"Studies have shown that even though we try to act without prejudice, sometimes it's just hidden inside us due to our past or surroundings. That hidden prejudice is often influential in our actions. It's our job to spot these issues within others and ourselves and destroy them before they become hurtful. I have so many people looking up to me, that I couldn't be scared, wait it out, nor could I just stand up for me; I had to do it for WE. It is important in this journey to remember that just because someone has inflicted hurt upon us, it does not give us the right to do the same. Body shaming and other hurtful tactics will never get the job done. As hard as it was to stop MYSELF from being ignorant and from posting the first mean words that came to my mind because I was hurt, I had to think about the bigger picture. Instead I sat for two hours on my phone, doing my research and formulating an educated response. Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I'm glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network. I hope that others negatively affected by her words can also find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well. From a quote we all know by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." Let's be that light and spread that love."

Kelly Osbourne has not commented anything since her threat on Tuesday to quit "Fashion Police" unless the unpleasant situation was resolved. With Rancic apologizing and Zendaya accepting, it appears that everything is fine.

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