“There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful. 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.” That’s what teen star Zendaya Coleman had to say after Giuliana Rancic’s lack of knowledge and awareness when commenting on her dreadlocks at the 2015 Oscars this week, reports US Weekly.

To me locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane. – Zendaya Coleman

Zendaya didn’t stop there:

- Advertisement -

[quote_box_center]To say that an 18-year-old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or “weed” is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive. …There is already harsh criticism of African-American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. …To me locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane.[/quote_box_center]

Scandal‘s Kerry Washington, How to Get Away With Murder lead Davis, Solange, and others all took to social media to defend the innocent Zendaya, tweeting that they applaud her courage and inner beauty.