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Joan Rivers wouldn't have apologized to Zendaya
Much of the Oscars ceremony has already faded from the minds of viewers, perhaps due to a lackluster performance from host Neil Patrick Harris and the other stars. An Opinion Outpost poll showed that only around one-third of viewers enjoyed the show, while 9 percent of viewers called it "awful" and the remaining 56 percent didn't even tune into the show.
The movies and awards may not have drummed up a lot of attention, but red carpet drama seems to be the gift that keeps on giving for news organizations. A quick recap: Patricia Arquette, Sean Penn and Graham Moore have already drawn controversy for statements made at the Academy Awards. Now, Guliana Rancic - an entertainer on the cutthroat red carpet commentary "Fashion Police" - is joining the club.
Rancic offends Zendaya with 'patchouli oil' comment
While commenting on outfits at the red carpet, Rancic saw Zendaya's dreadlocks and stated, "I feel like she smells like patchouli oil," according to Yahoo News, adding, "maybe weed." After the incident, Zendaya took to Twitter, calling the comment "not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive."
As of yet, Rancic has already issued a lengthy apology via an E! News broadcast and on Twitter, saying "Dear @Zendaya, I'm sorry I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!"
Needless to say, Rancic's apology was a thoughtful gesture. Not every comedian would issue an apology so quickly. In fact, we're willing to bet the former heavy-hitter on "Fashion Police" would roll in her grave at the thought of it.
Joan Rivers never apologized
Nothing was off limits when Joan Rivers opened her mouth. Media outlets large and small have featured fiery disputes centered around the comments she made while making jokes, yet she never budged. She's made quips about President Barack Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Princess Diana - you name it. She's unabashedly joked about "off-limits" subjects, including race, religion, atrocities like the Holocaust and the war in the Middle East, and even her husband's suicide. Nothing was protected because Rivers wholeheartedly believed humor was a way to deal with the problems of the world, no matter what they were.
She was asked to apologize many times, yet she never did. Her method of no-holds-barred comedy never warranted it, according to the celebrity. The belief became a popular subject from time-to-time. Esquire and other news sources have run features on it before, and comedians like Louis C.K. have employed similar comedic styles.
And she was loved for it
She may not have been loved or even liked by a few people. She may have been snubbed in the Oscars' "In Memoriam" presentation, but she was loved by comedians. Her brand of comedy and her dedication to jabs that should not be apologized for was considered inspiring to many. Chris Rock talked about how she was more loved in his household than Johnny Carson. Jimmy Fallon cried on his talk show reminiscing about working with her. Many others have very fond memories about Rivers despite her cutthroat style - or maybe because of it.
Rancic may not go the same route as her former partner on the show, but it's interesting to think of what Rivers would say of the apology if she were alive today.
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