Joan Rivers didn’t invent the red carpet celebrity culture (that was Hedda Hopper), she expanded on it. And when Kelly Osbourne joined Fashion Police five years ago, she didn’t think her career would include being associated with making racist comments about people’s hair and dress choices. So Kelly quit.
Say what you will about celebrity worship and red-carpet culture, but if you claim to hate Joan Rivers’ famous question “Who are you wearing,” you hate capitalism (admit it). What Joan Rivers did was to open a door to allow actors and such to openly shill for the dressmaker who put rags on their back for the night. Since then, backlash and participation in this commercial dance has ebbed and flowed, but perhaps in the end 2014 and into 2015, actors and their new wives and even pundits are breaking down under the strain of finding words to fairly describe the heavily constructed flow of artificial glamour parading in front of them and something has to change.
So, after E! talking head and Fashion Police cast member Guilana Rancic pretty much lied to George Clooney’s wife’s face at the Golden Globes (“Nice gloves!”), some actresses were straight-up openly rejecting the network’s Mani-Cam, which was pulled for “space constraints.”
And then in the taping of Fashion Police’s post-Oscars outfit critique, a very stupid comment made about Disney star Zendaya by Guilana was attributed to Kelly Osbourne, and Kel-Kel was not happy about that.
She gave the network 24 hours to correct the world’s assumptions. Guilana apologized. Many people said, “hey, that thing about how dreadlocks smell is really because of what stupid white people do when they get dreadlocks!” Hey, guess what, that is bullshit. Kelly knew the comments were racist, and that perhaps the entire concept of the show has jumped the shark.
E! released the following statement:
“Kelly Osbourne is departing E!s Fashion Police to pursue other opportunities, and we would like to thank her for her many contributions to the series over the past five years, during which time the show became a hit with viewers.”
Kelly has the full support of her parents. Racist comment apologizer Billy Bush critiqued Kelly for “throwing Rancic under the bus,” and Kelly’s dad Ozzy shot off a fiery “God bless” via Twitter after suggesting he might put his foot where the sun don’t shine should Bush not simmer down.
To recap: Kelly Osbourne did not say anyone’s hair “smelled like patchouli oil” or “weed.” It is in fact racist to say that a black person’s hair “looks like” it “smells like weed,” just as it would rude to say that it looks like Nancy Reagan smoked crack or had an eating disorder or both. Kelly Osbourne has quit Fashion Police because she is sick of that shit and has much better things to do, like launch a second fashion line or stay out of the shitshow that is talking on television.