Zendaya Coleman accepts Giuliana Rancic’s apology following racism row

Posted on February 27 2015 , at 09:01 pm
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By Hassan Sanusi

Zendaya Coleman accepts Giuliana Rancic's apology after Kelly Osbourne threatens to quit ‘Fashion Police’
(Zendaya Coleman accepts Giuliana Rancic’s apology after Kelly Osbourne threatened to quit ‘Fashion Police’. Photo: Reality Tea)

Zendaya Coleman has accepted Giuliana Rancic‘s public apology after Kelly Osbourne threatened to quit ‘Fashion Police’ over the controversy.

The 18-year old actress and singer, who hit back at the ‘Fashion Police’ co-host earlier this week for making what she considersan ‘outrageously offensive’ comment about her dreadlocks at the Oscars on Monday, February 23, 2015; has forgiven the 40-year old star after she admitted she’d crossed the line while apologising on E! News on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The former Disney star responded on Instagram on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, writing: ‘Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I’m glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network. I hope that others negatively affected by her words can also find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well.’

Zendaya received support from a string of celebrities, including Kerry Washington and Khloé Kardashian after she branded Giuliana ‘ignorant’ for saying: ‘I feel like she smells like patchouli oil … or maybe weed,’ because of her dreadlocks.

She was initially tempted to lash out at the presenter but spent two hours composing her response because she didn’t want to be ‘hurtful.’

She wrote: ‘It is important in this journey to remember that just because someone has inflicted hurt upon us, it does not give us the right to do the same. Body shaming and other hurtful tactics will never get the job done. 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.’

While ending the feud, Kelly added: ‘It takes a strong women to apologise & makes a forgiving women even stronger! #ThisTooShallPass’

Giuliana initially apologised on Twitter but then addressed the issue on E! News as well.

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