Julianne Hough Faces Backlash After Wearing Blackface Halloween Costume

Sat, October 26, 2013 2:30pm EDT by 67 Comments
Julianne Hough Blackface
Pacific Coast News, Courtesy of Netflix

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Posted at 8:22 PM on November 5, 2013  

This is not “blackface”, all she did was dress up as a character from a t.v show that happened to be black. Have you ever seen the movie white chicks where the wayans brothers make themselves look like white girls? Would you consider that racist. I so sick of the hypocritical b.s. Please explain to me how she was being racist in this costume.

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Mom of Three

Posted at 1:12 PM on November 5, 2013  

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around how this was a bad costume. I even tried searching online for an actual reason as to why this was a bad/racist costume. Couldn’t find one other than simply “it’s racist” “bad choice”. I’m 27, a mother of three, I’ve never seen the show, and simply cannot find a thing wrong with her HALLOWEEN costume. Maybe if she showed up on Martin Luther King Day wearing this outfit I could see that as offensive. But holy cow, it was a HALLOWEEN costume. Furthermore I feel sorry that (myself now included) we feel the need to talk about this over some REAL issues/problems/concerns that affect our lives on a day to day basis. Anyone gone to talk to their political representative about concerns they have in their neighborhood? I’ve been meaning to!

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noneya

Posted at 8:24 PM on November 5, 2013  

All this is doing is keeping racism alive by calling things like this racist.

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Nina Blackwater

Posted at 10:15 PM on November 1, 2013  

I wonder if some of the actions older folks consider racist are considered the same by younger folks.

I have blue eyes and straight blonde hair and when I was a little girl in the 70s I thought afros were so cool, I wished I could have one.

Flash forward to today, I had a martini costume and I thought it was a little boring the way it was so I darkened my skin with makeup (not cork soot, and I did not paint my lips clown white) and wore a big beautiful afro wig and pretty makeup and I went out as a “Chocolate Martini.” None of my black friends recognized me and when they realized it was me they all had good comments. “I thought you were one of us!” “That is so cool!” “You look great!” They took it as a compliment to their culture, I wasn’t acting ignorant or stupid or speaking in ebonics. I wan’t making fun of black women. I was acting like a sexy proud smart intelligent funny black woman. Didn’t Charles Caleb Colton say imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

I don’t think the old insulting blackface routines ever crossed my black friends minds. I think constantly bringing up that old stuff just reopens wounds that are almost healed in our culture. I don’t think this hypersensitivity helps race relations at all.

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Hydrolic

Posted at 2:17 PM on October 31, 2013  

I am a Black man and not offended! Julianne this was some funny S&a%! She
does not have to apologize for nothing. Where are we going as a society when
everyone’s butt cheeks are so tight they can’t even find humor in nothing
anymore, I doubt she was saying to herself how many Blacks can I piss off by
reppin one. I bet Richard Pryor would be turning over in his grave if he knew
how people use the media as a weapon to silence the freedom of speech, humor, and all entertainment that brings a smile to your face. We are becoming the country of the frozen chosen! Instead of freedom of free speech the new law is “The freezing of free choice!”

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nancy

Posted at 8:51 AM on October 31, 2013  

I am so sick of the black card bein dealt everytime someone is offended, by a word, an action or a look. Get over yourselves & get a REAL life problem. & quit tryin to stir the pot. Let’s see if I understand this correctly, It’s okay for men & women to dress up as each other, dress as any other nationality, & many are dressing like their favorite actor, singer, dancer, etc. EXCEPT for anyone black???? Seriously!! So if my grandson wants to dress up as president Obama, then I am to tell him, no I’m sorry he’s black! What a wacked world we live in!! You looked great Juliann, it’s sad that you feel the need to aplogize for OTHERS ignorance. Hang in there kiddo!

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G619

Posted at 12:27 AM on October 30, 2013  

This is ridiculous, it’s HALLOWEEN people!!! Have we really gotten so politically correct that we can’t even have fun anymore? I am demanding that the Wayans brothers publicly apologize for wearing white-face in the movie White Chicks, and Ron Shelton for writing/directing the movie “White men can’t jump”. She shouldn’t have to apologize for squat, it was a costume, that’s it!! If a black person wore white makeup nobody would care, this is just another double standard fueled by white guilt and America’s liberal slanted media.

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Hydrolic

Posted at 2:19 PM on October 31, 2013  

Well said!

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whateverthefaque!!!

Posted at 9:54 PM on October 29, 2013  

people should stop being overly sensitive about this kind of thing. she goes to a halloween costume party dressed as her favorite character in some black tv show who happens to be black and gets bashed for doing the blackface? what should she do? color her skin pink instead? wtf! i really really don’t get whats with all the hate. but whenever a black guy dresses up as a white, i really don’t hear the whities complaining… at all….

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DangerousDivot

Posted at 12:37 AM on October 29, 2013  

What the F@#! Is wrong with you people (don’t get offended, I mean all overly sensitive costume people)? The young lady dressed up as Crazy Eyes character, who is black on the TV show… Orange Is the New Black! I personally don’t think this should be compared to the Ted Danson’s…minstrel-style blackface. When black stars dress up as white people, should they be smeared over the so called news and gossip arena? What about when men dress as lady characters or women as men? Julianne Hough I also like the crazy eyes character and by the way, great costume. This black person, born in the segregation south and sees present day racism in a lot of S#!@, is not offended and needs no apology. Let’s just chill, stuff ourselves with loads of un-healthy candy and have a Happy Halloween! Hope no one gets offended by this…Peace!

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Damn!

Posted at 3:19 PM on October 28, 2013  

I just saw on inside edition some Halloween costumes way worse then this.
A white guy wearing a black mask with a grey hoody with a blood stain in the front. His friend also white is wearing a neighborhood watch t-shirt and using his hand to make the shape of a gun.
That is some racist $##T!
This doesn’t even come close to that.
Mocking the fact that this kid died is probably one of the worst things anyone can do.
Then to post the pictures on facebook of their racist costumes, just makes me sick to my stomach.

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Posted at 12:23 PM on October 28, 2013  

I think everyone is really sensitive these days

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Nunya

Posted at 12:02 PM on October 28, 2013  

I love how 90% of the Twitter examples bashing Julianne were white people. Why are they offended and what gives them to right to call her racist? People really need to lighten up. She dressed up as a character from a TV show, which is what Halloween is all about. Were people offended when they made an entire movie based on two black guys dressing up as “White Chicks”?

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G619

Posted at 12:03 AM on October 30, 2013  

It’s called white guilt, pretty common these days.

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MELANIE

Posted at 10:31 AM on October 28, 2013  

THIS DOES NOT MAKE HER RACIST! IT WAS JUST A HALLOWEEN COSTUME GEEZ..SO ARE WE NOT ALLOWED TO CHOOSE COSTUME CHARACTERS IF THEY ARE BLACK?!

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Pam

Posted at 10:11 AM on October 28, 2013  

I really don’t see what the big deal is. How is it racist? She dressed up as a black character. Who cares? Would people still be whining if a black person put on white makeup and dressed as a white character? I highly doubt it.

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jay

Posted at 9:08 AM on October 28, 2013  

Its Not Cute Honey .. All Blacks Dont Commit Crimes So The Outfit & Black Face Was Offensive To Us Black Women Okay

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Pam

Posted at 10:13 AM on October 28, 2013  

How does this say “all blacks commit crimes”??? She dressed up as a specific character from a TV show! Lighten up!

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Steve Mack

Posted at 10:36 AM on October 28, 2013  

Suppose a white person was a big fan of Whoopi Goldberg?. Suppose she dressed and wore a wig that looked like Whoopi’s hair? What is wrong in making her skin tone darker to complete the transformation? Were white people offended by Eddie Murphy when he put on white face in an hilarious bit on SNL? You need to lighten up.

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Nunya

Posted at 12:09 PM on October 28, 2013  

Your comment is more ignorant than Julianne’s costume. You obviously didn’t read the article. Her costume wasn’t “I’m going to be a convict for Halloween and paint my face black because only black women go to jail”, which is how you somehow perceive it to be. Her costume was based on a character in a show on Netflix who is played by a black actress. The only person who has any right to be offended by this is Uzo Aduba (the ACTRESS).

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Nina Blackwater

Posted at 10:23 PM on November 1, 2013  

The fact that you interpreted her costume as a statement that all blacks commit crimes shows that your self-esteem is very damaged. I sincerely pray for you and beg you to get some help, and possibly get away from your peers that are making you define yourself in such a limited way.

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Alicia

Posted at 1:33 AM on March 4, 2014  

Nina blackwater you are insanely stupid, you are so ignorant it irritates my soul.

 
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