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Julianne Hough Apologizes for 'Orange is the New Black' Costume

Julianne Hough Apologizes for 'Orange is the New Black' Costume

Julianne Hough took to Twitter to apologize for her Orange is the New Black costume, which she wore at the 2013 Casamigos Halloween Party on Friday (October 25) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“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,” the 25-year-old actress tweeted.

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57 Responses to “Julianne Hough Apologizes for 'Orange is the New Black' Costume”

  1. 1
    believe Says:

    I thought it was fine and understood her selection. But in this world, you cannot be too careful. Even if your intent wasn’t to offend, someone will be offended. It is kind of tiresome. This character she chose was not a stereotype and is not demeaning to blacks.

  2. 2
    Lys Says:

    Did she just apologize because she dressed as a black woman???? People surely can be closed minded

  3. 3
    SHINE Says:

    she shouldn’t apologize , cool outfit

  4. 4
    Staynzy Says:

    People are pathetic she shouldn’t have apologised if people didn’t like the outfit choice then get over themselves. There will always be someone complaining.

  5. 5
    Sophia Says:

    America is so damn sensitive. If the character was ghostly pale, she would have put some white powder on. Then would people have asked her to apologize? No.

  6. 6
    Kirsten Says:

    I am a black woman and I dress up as charachters of different ethnicities all of the time. Cat woman, Lara Croft, Indiana Jones, etc. I have never once painted my face to portray that race because it’s just silly. People know who I am anyways. It’s sad how some of you don’t understand why this can be considered upsetting. There is a lot of hurt and hate that resulted from blackface. I have no problem with Julianne but perhaps she should have just worn the costume and done her hair without wearing blackface.

  7. 7
    HUBE Says:

    She shouldn’t apologize. People are stupid.

    If a black guy goes to a party dressed like a white tv character and with his face painted in white he is a racist?

  8. 8
    soy Says:

    it wasn’t even blackface or something, she was just tanned, see the pictures

  9. 9
    Tracy Says:

    She only apologized to save her image/career… No way she didn’t know people could be offended seeing a white chick wear useless blackface for Halloween. Being a fan of a show doesn’t give you a pass to be disrespectful.

  10. 10
    theo Says:

    I’m glad she apologized & believe she is totally sincere. If you don’t understand why she felt the need to apologize then please educate yourselves.

  11. 11
    essie Says:

    she just wanted the PR .. if she was really ‘respecting’ the character, why not the black hair as well.. obviously she knew donning blackface would get attention.. she’s a nobody anyway now that she’s no longer with seacrest

  12. 12
    Louise Says:

    No need for an apology. Perhaps all the black skinned women who dye their hair blonde should have to apology to all white skinned, blonde women. So sick of the poor, pitiful me attitude out there.

  13. 13
    reyna Says:

    @HUBE: White people didn’t suffer from discrimination for centuries you a$$hole! Was that blackface necessary? HELL NO.

  14. 14
    Lys Says:

    @Kirsten: So making a withe character black is ok, but a white girl dressed as a black woman is upsetting… that’s a bit hyocrite.

    This is just a girl that enjoys a show and dresses as one character for a party, nothing else.

  15. 15
    Not your friend Says:

    Thnx Julianne for the apology, I’m a fan of urs and ur brother’s….it’s like me calling white ppl crackers while none of my white friends are around. U can’t paint ur face black without none of ur black friends around cuz they will talk some senses in u! And to the dumb racists who think she shouldn’t apologize, die!

  16. 16
    allison Says:

    Black people dress like super heroes all the time and don’t paint their face white.(Note most superhero are white) Why do white people feel the need to continue to do it?

    Why the need to color her face at all? What does the actress’ skin color have to do with the character she is portraying.

  17. 17
    allison Says:

    @Lys: you are not that intellegent

  18. 18
    Not okay Says:

    I can’t tell what’s more shocking : people who think blackface is funny and cool or racists who blame those who have every damn right to be offended.

  19. 19
    flew right over your head Says:

    @Lys: I think Kirsten meant (and I’m pretty sure she even said it) the blackface was unnecessary and she could have done fine without it, because she doesn’t change her skin for her characters…not hypocritical at all.

  20. 20
    oh please Says:

    When sorry doesn’t seem the hardest word…

  21. 21
    nikki Says:

    does anyone think she purposely dressed that way to seek attention and get people talking and then apologized to look even better and get even more attention?

  22. 22
    Lys Says:

    @allison: I just see things as they should be: wear the costume you want whatever you want. It’s very sad that a Halloween costume can take so much hate.

    Just a loser attacks the speaker and not the speech.

  23. 23
    Rose Says:

    She knew EXACTLY what she was doing. Girl is just desperate to keep her name in the press.

  24. 24
    oh please Says:

    @nikki: Of course myself. She’s just showing how snob she is. If only everyone would realize…

  25. 25
    nikki Says:

    @oh please:


  26. 26
    allison Says:

    The actress having black skin is not part of the character. Just like the character Rick Grimes from Walking Dead having white skin has nothing to do with it. When you put on a costume based on the character the color of the actor’s skin should not be part of it.

  27. 27
    Verity Says:

    Painting her face was unnecessary. You don’t have to go that far to portray a character. The hair would have been enough for people who know the show, to understand her costume.

  28. 28
    Mel Says:

    @allison: No, you should be a ble to pick if you follow his/her color or not without having to apologize for it.

  29. 29
    Baltazar Says:

    The truth is, who cares if she painted her face black? Is the character really that scary? Because I dont watch those tv series.

  30. 30
    Uh No Says:

    @HUBE: Yes, you idiot. He is.

  31. 31
    Baltazar Says:

    @Uh No: you are making a difference between races when we all are human beings.

  32. 32
    mike Says:

    People are way to sensitive. And many do need to go back to history class. White people have seen prejudice. They are called Jewish people and went through discrimination more times in history. I never saw this many people complain about Colton Haynes Browning his skin and dressing up as Ghandi last year. Its just a whole bunch of people wanting whites to feel guilty for being white. What I do think is if she wants to be in the public eye she should be smarter and not do something like this. People will always find something to criticize you for. I’m Asian and I appreciate a good inappropriate Asian joke, the same can’t be said about many other cultures because they live off the victim card.

  33. 33
    Cris Says:

    Poor girl. As a person of color, I didn’t find this offensive at all! I knew exactly the character she was dressed as. People need to stop being so damn sensitive. It was a halloween costume! It’s not like she dressed solely as a black person! She dressed as a CHARACTER from a TV show who just happened to be black. If she just dressed as any white character from OITNB people wouldn’t have given it a second look. People just need to calm down, it’s Halloween.

  34. 34
    Tawny Jones Says:

    Pretty Julianne Hough should never apologize to ugly snivelers.

  35. 35
    Anna Says:

    SMH at some of the comments…I am not a black woman, but I understand why this was upsetting…it wasn’t about the outfit, but the fact that she colored her skin…if she were dressed as ghost she could have painted her face white, because ghosts aren’t real, or she could have painted it blue if she wanted to be a genie, but blacks are human beings not some fictional character…besides it’s HALLOWEEN, you are supposed to dress up in smt scary not doctors or kittens or other crap that so many so called celebs dressed as…

  36. 36
    Cate Says:

    Well…at least she apologised sincerely and I hope she has learned from this.

  37. 37
    chelsea Says:

    @Sophia: Yeah, because ghostly powder makeup has a long history of being offensive. Good one.

  38. 38
    jess Says:

    Are you kidding me? She just put a load of tanner on, big freakin’ deal! So I guess the skeletons that people dress up should be offended then too. Guess the werewolves and vampires and witches should be offended also, because of the people that portray them badly. Get over yourself. If she was black dressing up as a white person, it would have passed under the radar. Just because she’s white and dressing up as a black person, it’s headline news. She doesn’t have to apologize. She shouldn’t have to. It’s ridiculous.

  39. 39
    Cruizin596 Says:

    @Kirsten: So I am assuming that you were insulted when Eddie Murphy portrayed an old Jewish man in Coming to America — after all, you wouldn’t want to accept a double standard would you?

  40. 40
    Kirsten Says:


    I actually don’t care for any movies where actors are blatantly poking fun of other races. Including films like White Chicks and Coming to America. As a woman who has a family that is literally a melting pot of different races and cultures, I find it tasteless. But thanks for your condescending comment.

  41. 41
    anna Says:

    The use of blackface is unacceptable because of its use in the past to degrade, dehumanize, and mock black people. It is a tool used by those in power to belittle a minority group. The use of whiteface has no historical relevance, and those of you who are boohooing about hypocrisy or saying it’s not a big deal need to assess the significance of the issue at hand from a historical perspective.

  42. 42
    JJ THE EXPAT Says:

    Julianne didn’t do anything wrong. All she did was pay tribute to a great character and a great actress. She shouldn’t have to apologize for that.

  43. 43
    ethiopianchick Says:

    I really don’t think she meant any harm she is a sweet girl and she gave me a great costume idea this halloween we should leave her alone and this is coming from a black chick fyi

  44. 44
    55vineyard Says:

    @Louise: Thanks, I agree. I also thought she was not being racist but portraying a person from this show.

  45. 45
    Jem Says:

    While I think that she didn’t intend for her costume to be offensive or racist, I do think she shouldn’t have done it and should apologize for doing so. Some of you may not think it’s a big deal, but majority of America is going to find that offensive and it’s best for her to say sorry for it.

  46. 46
    Lani Says:

    That is ridiculous. Whoever was offended by that sucks at life.

  47. 47
    Ginger Says:

    There are certain things we all should respect in every culture and people of all race. And true that a lot of blacks dress up as white characters and I’ve never seen them paint their face white. Because we all know what they are dressed up as. Julian could have just done the hair with the orange jumpsuit and I would have known she was Crazy Eyes… No need to paint her face dark. I’m sure she means well and not a racist at all and that was just a poor choice she made. Glad she apologized.

  48. 48
    Fancy Face Says:

    There is no reason that she should have apologized. So she put on bronzer to look like a different ethnicity, so? It’s a COSTUME. Do people have to make apologizes to witches and vampires when they paint their faces green or pale white because someone finds their take on the look offensive? If someone got offended because of “black face’ they really need to A. Look up the classic black face and B. Get over themselves. This is a costume, not a socio-political commentary.

  49. 49
    TC Says:

    @ Kirsten – I totally agree with your analysis. Donning a “blackface” to portray a black character is unnecessary. The costume sans blackface would’ve been enough. However I will say that Anglos don’t understand why this is offensive and I think that’s the problem. So it’s more an issue of ignorance rather than cruelty or viciousness. That’s the problem with many issues such as this in this country. Anglos do not understand the history of “blackface” and the savagery and inhumanity it signified. And instead of trying to understand why this may be considered offensive, they deflect and make it “an African American problem.”
    I’m glad that Julianne Hough apologized. It shows that she has class and that she meant no harm. So she just didn’t know, which is perfectly understandable. So I applaud her for her apology. It shows us she’s a good, decent person.

  50. 50
    starsh Says:

    Americans are Ridiculous!!!! Try going to Africa where there are real problems based on racial inequality.

  51. 51
    TC Says:

    @Starsh – Why would I need to go to Africa when there are enough problems in America that stem from racial inequality and injustice?

  52. 52
    Tiggy Says:

    Those that were offended, are the ones that do the most offending. People get over it and yourselves. Your the ones being disrespectful – if I were her, there would be “no apology.”

  53. 53
    Tiggy Says:


    Boo effing hoo!!!! Get over it and yourself.

  54. 54
    haha Says:

    stupid black people saying she should say ops sorry. Shut up!!! I am black and I thought it was cool! Supid black or white people just shut up!

  55. 55
    Anon Says:

    Dumb move by Hough. But agree with TC, it’s born out of ignorance since she’s only 25 and usually people that age have no concept of history sadly. But dumb just the same. Note to Hough: Educate yourself.

  56. 56
    Alex Says:


    It’s not the same as with Lara Croft who could be anyone. She wanted to look like a less iconic character and skin color made her look more like it and she decided to go for it. It shouldn’t be demeaning to dress as a black person and decide to paint your face (or not do it). When whites find it offensive to those of darker skins, that is only saying that they do find that color of skin demeaning or “less” and that is pitiful. It is sad this became such an issue but it shows that in many whites and blacks of today, dark is thought of as a flaw. When colors stop mattering, dressing up in one or other color should be regarded with indifference. But let those who do regard it with indifference be free to dress up as whatever they want.

  57. 57
    Cadi Says:

    I’m a black female and I’m not insulted. Blackface is done to make fun of and insult black people. If someone is dressing as another person, as long as they are trying to be that person and not making fun of them… isn’t it necessary? If you dressed at the witch from wizard of oz… is it racist to green witches to do greenface? Or as mystique from x-man or any other person another color different than you are. I don’t see what the big deal is. She was a fan of the woman she was dressing as. I saw this news article maybe a year and some ago about a child who dressed as martin luther king for dress up as your hero day… his mom dressed him accordingly and made him brown. They sent him home and he got detention I believe… HE SAID MLK WAS HIS HERO AND HE DRESSED AS HIM! Really? Should he be reprimanded for correctly costuming and having a black hero? He was so upset about it and confused. Cause a child can understand that dressing as someone to honor them is different than insults!!! Would you know who it was if he left his face white? People need to let go of the negative of the past. Just like clothes and hair and other accessories, skin color is a part of the costuming. Is it racist when white people dress as wolf man and make themselves brown? Nobody ever gets upset about that. They’re dressed up as brown dog people… that’s racist!!! nope. People should just stop dressing up like other people. If you didn’t have a halloween you wouldn’t have this problem. I’m more insulted by all the whores everywhere on halloween than any white person painted brown for whatever reason. I saw a girls who-ha last year under her costume and I doubt she was over 19.

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