Giuliana Rancic’s “ignorant” Oscars comment

“Dancing With the Stars” celebrity cast was announced… Damon Wayans’ diabetes medical emergency… Academy Awards suffered in ratings… Kylie Jenner bought a $2.7 million house… and Giuliana Rancic’s “ignorant” Oscars comment

It’s hard to believe, but Season 20 of “Dancing With the Stars” kicks off on Monday, March 16, on ABC. And this morning on “Good Morning America” the celebrity cast was announced. Suzanne Somers, Patti LaBelle, Rumer Willis, former LMFAO singer Redfoo, Olympian Nastia Liukin, “Shark Tank” mogul Robert Herjavec, “Hunger Games” actress Willow Shields, R5 singer Riker Lynch, model Charlotte McKinney, US Army Veteran and double-amputee Noah Galloway, and from the world of football, Michael Sam. Noticeably absent, Bachelor Chris Soules. Huh.

Two years ago, Damon Wayans was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Sources say he’s currently suffering a medical emergency related to his diabetes, which is forcing him to postpone his comedy tour. He was supposed to perform in Kansas City, MO, on Saturday, but because of his condition, he’s unable to fly. He’s already canceled a 6-show engagement in Buffalo, NY, next month. Sources told TMZ that Damon will try to do shows if they’re close enough for him to drive from LA, but for now, all out-of-state gigs are on hold.

Did you watch the Oscars Sunday night? You were in the minority! The 87th Academy Awards suffered its worst ratings in six years. The show averaged 36.6 million viewers, which is an 18 percent drop from last year’s ceremony, which was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. The last time only 36.6 million watched was when Hugh Jackman hosted in 2009.

Kylie Jenner is 17. She won’t be 18 until August. But according to TMZ, Kylie just signed an agreement to buy a $2.7 million house in a gated community in Calabasas. Apparently, it’s only a block from her big sisters Kourtney and Khloe’s homes. Sources say it’s 4900 square feet of fun with 5 bedrooms, a home theater and a pool. Sources also told TMZ that Kris Jenner is “helping” Kylie with the purchase, but the money is all Kylie’s.

On Monday’s “Fashion Police,” Giuliana Rancic was discussing Zendaya’s choice for the Oscars’ red carpet. She started off nicely, saying that she loves Zendaya’s style. But then she said that Zendaya’s long dreadlocks overwhelmed her tiny frame and then joked that she probably “smells like patchouli oil or weed.” Zendaya didn’t like that one bit. She tweeted, “There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful. Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe… because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect. To say that an 18 year old woman with locs must smell of patchouly oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.” Zendaya went on, “There is already harsh criticism of African-American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough. To me locks are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane.” Giuliana could not apologize for her mistake quickly enough….on Twitter. She wrote, “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!!!”

 

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