Zendaya Coleman was the target of racist comments that tore the cast of Fashion Police apart, and now she’s discussing how she feels about the show returning to E! in the near future.
Back in February, Giuliana Rancic made an insensitive joke about Zendaya’s dreadlocks that deeply offended the actress/singer. Rancic’s Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne was also upset — she decided to quit the show, and Fashion Police was promptly pulled from the air.
The E! series will return this September, and Zendaya doesn’t have a problem with E! refusing to give up on one of its cash cows — she just hopes that the show will undergo another big change after losing Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Kelly Osbourne, and George Kotsiopoulos.
During an interview with ET Online, Zendaya said that she wants Fashion Police to have a more positive vibe when it comes back.
“Honestly, I just like to see positive things and positive reinforcement. I wanted this to be a positive experience and for people to learn from it, people to grow from it,” the K.C Undercover star said.
“That’s all that I hope. That their show is able to learn and grow and hopefully positive — be more positive.”
You can check out Zendaya’s interview below.
Unfortunately, she might not get her wish — many Fashion Police viewers tuned in to watch the show’s panel poke fun at bad fashion, not to listen to them gush over gorgeous gowns. If the show completely stops with the snark, viewers might stop watching. Queen of Mean Joan Rivers might also roll over in her grave if her show becomes all puppies and rainbows.
In case you don’t recall the Zendaya comment that completely derailed Fashion Police, here it is: According to the Wrap, Giuliana Rancic said that Zendaya’s Oscar hairstyle made her look like she smelled “like patchouli oil and weed.” Zendaya was rocking long, thick dreadlocks.
Zendaya responded to Rancic’s comments on Instagram.
“To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell like patchouli oil and weed is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.”
Giuliana tried to defend the joke by saying that it was written for her, and she told Access Hollywood that she wasn’t trying to say something negative about Zendaya’s race.
“In its context on set it was a joke very clearly about the hippie culture and like a Grateful Dead reference,” Rancic said.
She claimed that she made a few hippie references at the end of the joke but that they were cut from the show.
Unfortunately, the damage was already done — Zendaya was offended, Fashion Police viewers were upset, and Kelly Osbourne was furious. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Giuliana and Kelly are no longer on speaking terms, and Kelly has hinted that some of Giuliana’s claims about the dreadlock joke are lies.
Zendaya told ET Online that she doesn’t have any thoughts about who should replace Kelly Osbourne, and Giuliana Rancic also isn’t sure who will fill the remaining seats on Fashion Police. She told Access Hollywood that she and Brad Goreski are currently the only confirmed cast members of the show’s new incarnation.
According to BET, Amber Rose recently pulled herself out of the running for one of the show’s open slots, but there’s still buzz surrounding Chrissy Teigen, NeNe Leakes, and Khloe Kardashian.
Do you agree with Zendaya that Fashion Police should be nicer this time around?
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