Kerry Washington, Khloé Kardashian Among Stars to Voice Support for Zendaya

Viola Davis and Selma director Ava DuVernay also Tweet their encouragement for the Disney star following Giuliana Rancic's dreadlock comments

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A number of celebrities are standing behind Zendaya following Giuliana Rancic‘s controversial remarks on Monday’s Fashion Police.

The E! personality said the dreadlocks the Disney star wore on the Oscars red carpet must have smelled of “patchouli” and “weed.”

Rancic, 40, quickly apologized to Zendaya on Twitter on Monday before issuing an on-camera apology on E! News.

“Well done. Beautiful. XO,” Scandal star Kerry Washington wrote on Twitter alongside a screenshot of the Instagram message Zendaya penned on Monday to Rancic in which she wrote, “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. I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked.”

Khloé Kardashian wrote, “@Zendaya you are a gorgeous, intelligent young lady! I love all that you represent! Keep empowering and shine bright!” She sealed her Tweet with a kiss.

“You are beauty personified,” How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis Tweeted on Tuesday. “I celebrate you sis!”

And Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, Tweeted, “You’re beautiful, Queen. We bless the ignorant and wish them well. Onward. xo”

Rancic’s Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne has already waded into the fray, stating initially on Twitter that she was seriously questioning staying on the show before writing, “The situation is being rectified like adults by both parties. I hope you can leave it to them and do the same.” // the story “Zendaya” on Storify

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