(PIX11) — Giuliana Rancic apologized to Zendaya Coleman with a recorded video message after saying the 18 year old’s locs looked like they smelled of “patchouli oil or weed” on an episode of E!’s “Fashion Police,” and the Disney actress and singer responded with a powerful statement.
“As you know, ‘Fashion Police’ is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, but I do understand that something I said last night did cross the line. I just want everyone to know, I didn’t intend to hurt anybody,” Rancic said in her apology. “But I’ve learned it’s not my intent that matters, it’s the result, and the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not okay. Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya, and anyone else out there that I have hurt, that I am so, so sincerely sorry. This really has been a learning experience for me.”
Zendaya accepted Rancic’s apology, and posted a message to all her fans on Twitter and Instagram.
“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,” Zendaya’s statement said in part. “Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I’m glad it was a learning experience for you and the network. I hope that others negatively affected by her words can also find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well.”
Fans applauded Zendaya for her response and her maturity in handling the situation.
Zendaya ended her message with, “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.’ Lets be that light and spread that love.”