Zendaya Responds to Giuliana Rancic's Second Apology, and India.Arie Pens Open Letter
|Zendaya Responds to Giuliana Rancic's Second Apology, and India. Arie Pens Open Letter (photo courtesy of Flickr- Viva Vivianista under CC BY 2.0 and Instagram)|
On Monday night's episode of E!'s Fashion Police, Rancic said the young actress' dreadlocks made her appear as though she smelled like patchouli oil or weed. In response, Zendaya released a statement via social media, educating Rancic on stereotypes and suggesting that she think before speaking. She said, "I suggest some people should listen to India Arie's "I Am Not My Hair" and contemplate a little before opening your mouth so quickly to judge."
Since then, Coleman has gained support from other women in the entertainment industry including India.Arie. Yesterday, the singer penned an open letter to Zendaya on her website. In the letter titled "SongVersation: Beautiful Flower", Arie commended the actress for her response to Rancic. She also said Rancic's comments were about race. The singer said, " I'm not calling Giuliana Rancic a RACIST,..but OF COURSE it has to do with RACE. To say it has “Nothing to do with race” .. THAT’S why people get mad." India. Arie continued by suggesting that Zendaya look at Rancic from a social context, and how race is an issue in the entertainment industry. She said, "I'm sad theres [sic] an actual form of entertainment where people are excused to be snarky and unkind, that's the REAL issue."
I believe that if this incident happened (along with many others) 10 or 15 years ago before social media became as big as it is now, it would have been swept under the rug. I love the conversations though. I love the fact that celebrities can settle disputes and show support through things like open letters. After Zendaya released her statements, I saw many other people (especially naturals) repost the letter in support. The letters, tweets, and statuses start conversations that need to happen. I would close this article off by saying that hopefully, nothing like this happens again. However, I think those hidden prejudices that Zendaya spoke about will reveal themselves again. So, we'll have to see.
What do you think of Giuliana Rancic's apology and India.Arie's open letter to Zendaya Coleman?
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