Zendaya claps back at vaguely racist criticism of her Oscar hairstyle

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Disney star Zendaya Coleman wore faux-dreadlocks to the Oscars, sparking one fashion critic to accuse her of smelling like drugs.

The 18-year-old ingenue posted a powerful and erudite missive on her Instagram account last night in response to careless comments made by E!’s red carpet correspondent, Giuliana Rancic.

Rancic is known for shallow, trivial red carpet questions and sometimes-harsh fashion critiques. In an attempt at humor on last night’s episode of E!’s “Fashion Police,” Rancic made a crack about Zendaya’s dreaded locks, saying the actress looks like she “smells like patchouli oil… and weed.” Word of Rancic’s weak attempt at humor spread around the internet, and spurred the wrath of Zendaya’s fans.

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