Zendaya Blasts Giuliana Rancic For Making Racist Comments About Her Oscars Hairstyle (UPDATED)

02/24/2015 10:31 am ET | Updated Feb 25, 2015

UPDATE:
Giuliana Rancic has issued another apology on Tuesday -- this time on-air admitting: "Something I said did cross the line." She goes on to say,"I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters. It’s the result. And the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not okay. Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya and anyone else out there that I have hurt, that I am so, so sincerely sorry.” See full video below.

In addition, Kelly Osborne as also offered more insight and commentary. The "Fashion Police" co-host took to Twitter once again and has denied making the "weed" comment and is threatening to leave the show if this racially charged matter isn't resolved. See tweets below.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Folks are fuming over comments made by "Fashion Police" host Giuliana Rancic during the show's Academy Awards red carpet recap special that aired Monday night.

And there's good reason. While commenting on actress/singer Zendaya's look, which included an satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and a head of waist-length locs, Rancic said, "I feel like she smells like patchouli oil." That sentiment was followed with, "Or weed," by co-host Kelly Osbourne and then repeated by Rancic.

If you're cringing then you're not alone. Twitter erupted after the comments surfaced, arguing that the state and style of Black women's hair continues to be a topic of discussion and unfair scrutiny. From TSA agents patting down Afros, a woman having to cut her locs to keep her job, and the Army's discriminatory ban on particular African American hairstyles -- the list goes on and on.

With that said, it's no surprise that Zendaya didn't take the insult lightly and penned a powerful open letter to Rancic via Instagram, blasting the critic for her harsh words and ignorance.

A photo posted by Zendaya (@zendaya) on

Shortly after that post went live, Rancic issued an apology on Twitter saying that her comments were in reference to a "bohemian chic look" and not race.

Osbourne also took to Twitter to respond to the controversy.

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