Juilliane Hough Slips Up in Black Face
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 21:10
As Halloween approaches, everyone is preparing their haunted houses, costume parties, and are hanging up their orange lights and decorating the yard with scarecrows and carved pumpkins. It seems like one of the most pleasant and fun-filled holidays of the year, but it wouldn’t be a realholiday if it weren’t ruined by at least one person.
Two-time winner of “Dancing with the Stars” and country singer, Julianne Hough took the award for most offensive celebrity Halloween costume.
Hough mentioned that she was a huge fan of the newest Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black”.. She claims her costume idea was to honor of the show. She and a group of her friends dressed up as inmates dressed in matching orange jumpsuits. One of her accomplices dressed up as a police officer and carried a baton, taking the costume to another level.
The group portrayed the cast fairly well, but Hough wanted to capture the true essence of the show by painting her face brown. She arrived as Crazy Eyes, casted as Uzo Aduba. Aduba is an African-American woman, and Hough didn’t think her portrayal of Aduba’s character would be right if she didn’t come with her face painted.
Hough showed up at a Halloween party on Saturday in Beverly Hills with her black face and had all eyes on her. She had no shame that she was the only one out of her friends that took her costume to that extent. Hough also had her hair in the same Bantu knots that Aduba wears on the show, and she carried a name badge that read: ‘Crazy Eyes’.
Everyone loves to go all out on Halloween, but we need to draw the line between a creative and epic costume and an offensive and disrespectful one. When Hough realized she stirred up quite a bit of controversy, she apologized via Twitter.
US Weekly Magazine quoted her apology: "I am a huge fan of the show ‘Orange is the New black’, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize," said Hough.
I cannot possibly understand why she thought it was a good idea in the first place so I understand the hesitation some may have in accepting her apology. People pull the black face antic almost every Halloween, and there is always a rant about why it is unacceptable. Hough must have missed the memo.
She was not able to get away easily. According to Fox News, a representative of the NAACP in Pennsylvania said that Hough had some explaining to do and that she needed to take responsibility for her actions because she is a public figure.
Of all of the fabulous costumes Hough might have had hanging in her marvelous closet, she chose one that put her in the hot seat. Maybe she will lay low next Halloween and work on being a better version of herself. Playing dress-up as a child couldn’t have been one of her strong points.