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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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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.

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.

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

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

@HUBE: Yes, you idiot. He is.

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

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.

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.

Tawny Jones @ 10/26/2013 at 6:37 pm

Pretty Julianne Hough should never apologize to ugly snivelers.

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…

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

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

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.

Cruizin596 @ 10/26/2013 at 9:03 pm

@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?

@Cruizin596:

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.

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.

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.

ethiopianchick @ 10/26/2013 at 10:09 pm

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

55vineyard @ 10/26/2013 at 10:44 pm

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

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.

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

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.

Fancy Face @ 10/27/2013 at 3:24 am

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.

@ 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.”
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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.

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

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