I’m not going to discuss the total whitewashing of this year’s Academy Awards. Frankly, I’m weary of the conversation. As for the ceremony, Neil Patrick Harris did an okay job. Some of his jokes were funny, some were forced. I didn’t like the whole “moving pictures” thing. It’s movies. What are we, back in the 1920s? Well, if you look at the nominees… Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. 😉
What about the weirdness that was John Travolta? First, he assaults Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet…
and then Idina Menzel had to suffer his attentions. Ugh.
Okay, I know, you want the fashion. Your wish is my command.
Rosamund Pike in Givenchy. She looked like a movie star. A femme fatale.
Emma Stone in Elie Saab. I loved the color and the matching shoe. It looked gorgeous with her red hair. She took a chance with the color and it paid off.
Jared Leto in Givenchy. No! Stop this, please. It’s not cute and you’re not making a statement.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo. I think she should see a doctor. She has a huge rose-shaped growth emerging from her shoulder.
Now, this recap would be incomplete if I didn’t mention the fashion controversy that occurred after the ceremony. On E!’s Fashion Police, that aired the following night, co-host Guiliana Rancic made a comment about actress/singer Zendaya’s look:
Guiliana said, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil.” That sentiment was followed with a muttered “Or weed,” attributed to Kelly Osbourne and then repeated by Rancic.
Kelly tweeted her anger the following day:
I DID NOT MAKE THE WEED COMENT. I DO NOT CONDONE RACISM SO AS A RSULT OF THIS IM SEREIOULSY QUESTIONONIG STAYING ON THE SHOW!
Apparently, Kelly, who counts Zendaya as a friend, protested the comment during the taping of the show, but her comments were ignored. And Guiliana made the comment over and over as they did several takes during taping.
After the show, Zendaya responded:
In the wake of Zendaya’s comments, Guiliana apologized via Twitter and during E! News. “Something I said did cross the line.” She goes on to say,”I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters. It’s the result. 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.”
Zendaya accepted her apology, but it was too little too late. The damage had been done. Many celebrities rode to Zendaya’s defense and a few days later, Kelly Osbourne announced she was leaving Fashion Police. Two weeks later, Kathy Griffin, who took over hosting after Joan Rivers passed away, announced that she, too, was leaving the show. Both have stated the scandal and the show’s direction were the cause. And now there is speculation that E! might cancel Fashion Police.
What do you think? Do you agree with my fashion choices? And what are your thoughts about the Zendaya comment and fall out?
Tracey Livesay’s second novel, Pretending With The Playboy (Book #2 in the In Love With A Tycoon series), is available now from Entangled Publishing. She blogs here on the third Monday of every month. If you like the flavor she’s bringing, you can check out her blog, Mimosas at Midnight or Like her Facebook page.