February 24, 2015 – Once upon a time there was an E! News offshoot called Fashion Police hosted by Joan Rivers. All were equally skewered with impunity and nothing was off limits. But we now live in graver times my friends. Speaking of graves, Joan might be rolling in hers over the bru-ha-hate that resulted in Giulana Rancic’s review of Disney star’s look at this year’s Oscars.
“I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed.”
Rivers made these types of observations with the frequency of her now gone heartbeat, and no one blinked. But Rancic was tarred-and-feathered in every form of social media – even dormant MySpace pages awoke from their slumber to glare in her direction. Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin both left the show in the wake of the debacle.
Rancic was left holding the bag and hat in hand apologized with the following:
I’d really like to address something that is weighing very heavy on my heart. I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night’s Fashion Police about Zendaya’s hair. Now, 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, but I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters — it’s the result, and the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not OK. 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 — I’ve learned a lot today — and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes, how much damage they can do. And that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further. Thank you for listening.
Apologies aside, did Giulana Rancic go to far on a show intended to precisely that? Vote now!