Zendaya Coleman wasn't the only one offended when E!'s Giuliana Rancic said of the actress-singer's dreadlocked-look at the Oscars:
“I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed.”
Rancic's remark, made on Monday night's Fashion Police, led Coleman to post a long statement on Twitter in which she says the reaction to her Oscar appearance consisted of "ignorant slurs and pure disrespect."
Fans are quite upset and found Rancic’s comments to be offensive and kind of racist and they weren't the only ones upset.
Zendaya quickly responded in a classy way…she ain’t no Amber Rose.
"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,". "I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect. To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs [dreadlocks] 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." "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."
Coleman went on to list other high-profile people who have dreadlocks, including Selma director Ava DuVernay and author Terry McMillan. She added that "many other men, women and children of all races" have dreadlocks, and that "none of which smell of marijuana".
Rancic apologised for causing offence, saying that her remark had "nothing to do with race".
Kerry Washington show her support , retweeting Zendaya's message with the following:
Khloe Kardashian also backed Zendaya like other celebrities with the following tweet: