Zendaya Revisits E! Host Saying She “Smells Like Patchouli Oil Or Weed”
In 2015, Giuliana Rancic commented on Zendaya’s red carpet locs while hosting “Fashion Police” & was fired
It was the popular culture moment heard round the world back in 2015 during an episode of E!’s Fashion Police when host Giuliana Rancic made a comment about Zendaya’s hair on the Academy Awards red carpet. The then-18-year-old actress decided to wear her hair in locs to celebrate diversity on the red carpet, but Rancic remarked that Zendaya looks as if “she smells like patchouli oil or weed.” Zendaya and her Malcolm and Marie co-star John david Washington recently posed for W Magazine’s cover feature, and inside, the actress revisited the incident.
Soon after Rancic’s remarks went viral, Mattel created a Barbie doll for Zendaya, sporting an equivalent locs that were criticized. “That’s how change happens,” Zendaya shared with W. “And it made me think, How could I always have an enduring impact on what people saw and related to people of color?”
It’s a sentiment that echos Zendaya’s initial response back in 2015 when she took to Instagram to mention , “There is already a harsh criticism of African-American hair in society without the assistance of ignorant people that prefer to judge others supported the curl of their hair… to mention that an 18-year-old girl with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed’ isn’t only an outsized stereotype but outrageously offensive. I don’t usually feel the necessity to reply to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked.”
Rancic exited her Fashion Police position following the remarks but later spoke out about it, claiming that it had been edited incorrectly. “You know, I made a regard to the hippie culture,” Rancic told Today back in 2015. “I talked about patchouli oil, which may be a hippie perfume. And within the editing process, a number of the gestures I made, a number of the items I said were taken out for time. I made peace signs, I said ‘bohemian’ twice — those were taken out for time. So when the joke aired, some people were offended by it.”