Giuliana Rancic learns the politics of Black hair

March 3, 2015 8:50 PM

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Giuliana Rancic learns the politics of Black hair

E! Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic made a huge mess of things when she said that Black teenager Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlocks make her look like “she smells like patchouli oil and weed.”

Rancic’s comments do not necessarily make her a racist, but she did expose a troubling double-standard about beauty in Hollywood: apparently, traditional Black attributes are only celebrated when they adorn non-Black people.

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