While speaking on the best and worst Oscar night looks on Fashion Police on Monday, Rancic slammed Zendaya's dreadlocks hair style at the ceremony. "I feel like she smells like patchouli oil... or maybe weed,” Rancic said.
Many fans and viewers were immediately infuriated with Rancic’s insensitive comments, with some saying her statements were racist. And Zendaya quickly took to her Instagram to sound off on Rancic dissing her hair, though she never called Rancic out directly by name. In the lengthy post, Zendaya explains the circumstances of the comments and why she felt Rancic’s criticism was in poor taste.
"There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful," Zendaya wrote. "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."
"To say that an 18-year-old woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or 'weed' is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive," Zendaya continued. "I don't usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked." She went on to list several stars who wear locs, including singer Ledisi and author Terry McMillan.
Zendaya also made a point to highlight the “harsh criticism” that African American hair faces in when placed against mainstream beauty standards. “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 lions mane,” Zendaya said. She closed her elegant read by suggesting people “listen to India Arie’s song ‘I Am Not My Hair’ and contemplate a little before opening your mouth so quickly to judge.”
Rancic eventually apologized for her comments about Zendaya’s do on Twitter. "Dear @Zendaya, I'm sorry I offended you and others," she wrote on Monday night. "I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!" It was a nice gesture from the TV personality, but kudos to Zen for standing up for her fabulous Oscars look! What did you think of Zendaya’s locs at the 2015 Oscars? Tweet us @OKMagazine or let us know in the comments section below.