Zendaya Slams Giuliana Rancic for Offensive Dreadlocks Comment

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By now, you've probably seen Zendaya Coleman's flawless 2015 Oscars look – we were huge fans of her switching it up with dreadlocks, but it sounds like E!'s Fashion Police critics weren't totally impressed.

As these things go, harsh things often get said during the show, but Giuliana Rancic came under fire for making one particularly offensive racist comment that had Zendaya firing back (and rightfully so). In the clip, Giuliana says Zendaya's dreadlocks made her look like "she smells like patchouli oil...or maybe weed." Seriously?

Zendaya took to Twitter and Instagram to explain how "disrespectful" the commentary was, saying it was an "outrageously offensive stereotype." She wrote, in part: "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. Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect."

She added, "To say that an 18-year-old young woman with locs 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."

You can read Zendaya's full statement below, where she explains: "'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 locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion's mane."

Giuliana has since apologized, tweeting: "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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