On Sunday evening, the Disney actress walked the Oscars red carpet sporting dreadlocks. On Monday's episode of Fashion Police, Rancic said that Zendaya must have smelled of "patchouli" and "weed."
Zendaya took to Instagram to respond to Rancic's comments, without specifically naming the E! host.
"There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful," she 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 young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or 'weed' is not only a stereotype, but outrageously offensive."
Zendaya then went on to name several respected African Americans who have "locs", including Selma director Ava DuVernay and author Terry McMillan, neither of whom "smell like marijuana."
Rancic later tweeted an apology for offending Zendaya.
Meanwhile, Rancic's fellow Fashion Police star Kelly Osbourne also tweeted about the incident, saying it has called her future on the E! show into question.
You can read Zendaya's full response below:
Then, on Tuesday, Rancic issued an on-camera apology that aired during E! News. Watch it below:
Finally, on Wednesday, Zendaya issued another statement via Twitter that read, in part, "Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I'm glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network. I hope that others negatively affected by her words can also find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well."
In her full statement, which you can read below, Zendaya also discussed the influence that "hidden prejudice" can have on people's actions and quoted Dr. Martin Luther King: