Last night while discussing who “got it right” on the red carpet and who “didn’t.” Fashion Police host Guilianna Rancic failed to fully consider her words before she spoke.
The host commented on singer Zendaya’s gorgeous faux locs worn on the Oscars red carpet, saying they made her look like she “smells like patchouli oil.” “Or weed,” added Kelly Osbourne to which Rancic agreed without hesitation.
It’s all fun and games until someone get’s disrespectful.
Zendaya took to Instagram to gracefully and tactfully respond to their comments saying, “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.”
The singer went on to list other amazing people that wear their hair in locs but have managed to avoid smelling like drug usage and cover ups. Those people included but certainly aren’t limited to Ava DuVernay, director of Oscar nominated film, Selma, Ledisi, nine-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and actress and author, Terry McMillan. I’d also like to add that Whoopi Goldberg who also happens to be a E.G.O.T has always rocked dreadlocks.
I wonder how all of these women managed to rack up these accomplishments looking like they had just hot-boxed their cars with California’s finest? Maybe it helps? I don’t know.
What ends up being the real slap in the face however is that quite recently Rancic referred to Kylie Jenner’s faux locs as “edgy.” Which seems like a far cry from a weed smoker to me. And for the life of me I can’t figure out how Zendaya on the red carpet in a gorgeous white gown looks more like a pot-head and Kylie, who wore her “dreads” in a sloppy bun with a graphic tee translates to “edgy” (no shade Jenner).
At the end of the day there is no way to intelligently and accurately decipher how anyone SMELLS by how they LOOK. But you already knew that, I’m sure.
All in all, it looks like Zendaya can handle herself and I’m pretty sure Rancic will be a bit more careful in the future. However, because it seems like it’s pretty easy to deem oneself a fashion police I’m giving myself the title here and now.
As a newly appointed guardian of style I’m declaring that criticizing the outfits of talented, hard-working and accomplished people in general is out. And taking the time to understand other styles, practices, looks and/or points of views BEFORE making careless comments is in. Because you know what’s worse than patchouli oil and weed? Ignorance.