Zendaya Coleman looked stunning on the red carpet at the Oscars Sunday in an off-the-shoulder silk gown, but not everyone liked her style.
E! red carpet host Giuliana Rancic criticized the 18-year-old actress for having her long hair in dreadlocks, saying on “Fashion Police” Monday that: “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed.”
While her co-hosts found the comment funny, Zendaya was far from amused and wrote a long Instagram post (see below) saying she was “hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect.”
“To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell like patchouli oil and weed is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive,” she wrote, adding that “certain remarks cannot go unchecked.”
The actress said she wore her hair in dreadlocks to the Oscars to “remind people of color that our hair is good enough.”
Rancic later apologized for offending the young star, writing on Twitter Monday night. “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!!!” 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!!!
“The Equalizer” actress Chloe Moretz was one of the first stars to stand up for Zendaya, tweeting: “People need to grow up, realize it’s 2015, and act like it. Beautifully written.” Read Zendaya’s full Instagram post below, along with outraged Twitter reactions to Rancic’s comment.
when Kylie Jenner got dreads they were “edgy” and “urban”. Yet when Zendaya got them, they smell like “weed & oil”. THIS IS WHY WE GET MAD.
— aquatic mistress (@momodamermaid) February 24, 2015
Zendaya looked great. This was a petty racist slap at someone Giuliana thought would accept it. #BlackGirlsAlwaysClapBack
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) February 24, 2015
Zendaya looked absolutely stunning tonight, by the way……..per usual. — Skylar Diggins (@SkyDigg4) February 24, 2015