Zendaya Coleman Fired Publicist For Racially Insensitive Comment

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times
June 2, 2016 Updated: June 2, 2016

Zendaya doesn’t want any negativity energy surrounding her and will severe ties to protect her space.

The singer covers the July issue of Cosmopolitan and revealed she fired a publicist for making a racially insensitive comment towards her.

“I didn’t like my hair and makeup one time on a photo shoot, and my publicist told me, ‘You should just be happy with it—they haven’t had a black girl on the cover since forever,'” she said. “She’s no longer my publicist.”

Zendaya, whose full name is Zendaya Coleman has been vocal about her displeasure with racial insensitive comments in the past.


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When E!’s “Fashion Police” co-host, Giuliana Rancic stated the singer must have have smelled of “patchouli” and “weed” after the actress sported dreadlocks to the 2015 Academy Awards, Coleman voiced her opinion on Instagram.

“There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful,” she wrote. “Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe. Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect.”

She continued to write: “To say that an 18-year-old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive. I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked.”

Rancic issued an on-air apologize on E!

“I just want everyone to know, I didn’t intend to hurt anybody – but, I have learned, it is not my intent that matters, it’s the result,” she said. “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.”