HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Actress and singer Zendaya took to social media to respond to “ignorant” comments made about her Academy Awards red carpet hairdo.
Zendaya was wearing a floor-length white gown and long dreadlocks Sunday when “Fashion Police” host Giuliana Rancic criticized her look.
“I feel like she smells like patchouli oil,” Giuliana Rancic said of the 18-year-old’s hair, “or weed. Maybe weed.”
Following Rancic’s comments, Zendaya posted a statement to Twitter and Instagram:
“There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful. Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that let me in awe,” Zendaya wrote in part. “Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect.”
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) February 24, 2015
Rancic issued an apology via Twitter saying “Dear Zendaya, I’m sorry if I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!”
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!!!
— Giuliana Rancic (@GiulianaRancic) February 24, 2015
Zendaya suggested her critics listen to India Arie’s anthem “I Am Not My Hair” for some perspective.
— People (@people) February 24, 2015