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Julianne Hough Apologizes for Blackface Crazy Eyes Costume

Julianne Hough isn’t the brightest lightbulb in the closet as the actress dressed up in blackface to portray Crazy Eyes from the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” for a Halloween party she attended Friday night.

As we all know, it’s that time of the year again. It’s time for people of all races, shapes and sizes to make incredibly poor Halloween costume choices.

Julianne Hough kicked off the terrible costume idea competition when she put dark makeup all over her face and tied her hair in those wacky knots that Crazy Eyes is known for.

As soon as the picture hit the Web, social media exploded with disapproval of the blackface costume.

Hough didn’t immediately respond, but eventually she took to her own Twitter to apologize for offending anyone with the costume.

“I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New Black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created,” Hough tweeted. “It certainly was never my intention top be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”

At this point it’s really just shocking that celebrities don’t know any better.

Blackface makeup has always put people in hot water. Dunkin’ Donuts realized that even blackface make up for an ad campaign just wasn’t going to go unchallenged.

As if the blackface wasn’t enough, the outfit didn’t even match the character she was trying to portray.

While the 25-year-old actress slipped into an orange prison jail suit with a long-sleeved gray shirt underneath, Crazy Eyes wears a baggy khaki prison jail suit which looks absolutely nothing like Hough’s.

Not to mention her fake bantu knots look more like Miley Cyrus buns than anything else.

Halloween isn’t even here yet, but it seems like Hough has already taken the crown for 2013 Worst Celebrity Halloween Costume.

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12 thoughts on “Julianne Hough Apologizes for Blackface Crazy Eyes Costume

  1. Carolyn Fish says:

    But it's ok for the Wayans brothers to dress up in "white face" to mock white girls. It's also ok for us to Halloween it up as geisha girls, cowboys, St. Pauli girls, Egyptians, Hawaiians, gypsies, effing Pocahontas, and a whole slew of other culturally/racially specific characters, but heaven FORBID someone dresses up as an African American… And it would be a bullshit arguments to say, "oh, wells Ms. Hough could have chosen an African American hero instead of a prisoner"… HELLO!! Nobody seems to be complaining that her halloween character is from a TV show who did it first – i.e. put a black woman in a prison suit. But that's art, right? That's why it's different and acceptable, right? Ms. Hough is just making fun of black people, right? Everybody just needs to get the hell over themselves. If your mood or out-take on life depends so much on someone else's actions, then the real problem lies with you.

  2. Emma Fish says:

    by like I mean, I like your post! Well put. Uptight society time to take a chill pill and relax.

  3. James Alexander Donaldson says:


  4. I've never seen the show (Orange is the new Black)however I agree it should be just as offensive for the the Wayans bros. to dress up as white girls considering whoever speaks for Black people regarding our portrayal in media would apparently jump all over it if it was reversed. Although I think it's extreme to compare it to dressing as Ancient Egyptians, Hawaiians, Native Amer., cowboys etc. because they are always portrayed in a respectable manner/images that are mass accepted. The whole "white" person in "black" face issue is a centuries old act that originated as a means to desecrate the black image with negative propaganda so it's difficult to see it as meaning anything different today. Unfortunately the ability to not respond to the actions of others

  5. is next to impossible. As humans, these inert beings do not exist. Personally I feel there are more pertinent topics to discuss regarding race such as doing away with race and maintaining pride in heritage and allowing each to tell their own story of who we are to the world

  6. Alexandra Sánchez says:

    I think this is no racist, only those who are offended are racist, I don't think she did in bad faith

  7. Alexandra Sánchez says:

    is just a COSTUME, something different, if you dress like Jesus, Catholics will be offended?

  8. Paige Davenport Stakes says:

    I love Crazy Eyes the characther and the actress that portrays her is AMAZING. Maybe black face is in bad taste, but all in all Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  9. Paige Davenport Stakes says:

    I love Crazy Eyes the characther and the actress that portrays her is AMAZING. Maybe black face is in bad taste, but all in all Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  10. Malia Simone says:

    Alexandra Sánchez Of course they would be offended becuase it's OFFENSIVE. Your not supposed to impersonate Jesus or anything religious it's disrespectful. The same goes for blackface. It wasn't done in good taste, she didn't mean well. White people of all people who started blackface know exactly how offensive it is. Just because you do it 50 years later doesn't make it any less racist.

  11. Malia Simone says:

    Carolyn Fish, What Hough did was offensive point, blank, period. Comparing it to a film in the opposite perspective was a good point. But no one said dressing up in any type of blackface or any ethnicity was okay or acceptable, it's not. Why would "a black woman in a prison suit" be considred art? What point were you trying to make there? Blackface is about a lot more than making fun of black people. Your so uneduacted about oprression in the U.S because the U.S government refuses to teach it. No one got offended for no reason. There is plenty of reasons to be upset about the practice of blackface.

  12. Malia Simone says:

    Emma Fish White people refuse to take responsibilties for racist acts. We need to take a chill pill when almost a hundred years has passed and blackface, a highly offensive and racist practice is still going on in our own country. Even by clueless grown celebrities like Hough. Research blackface! It's not some harmless costume there is a history to it. There's is a reason why no one should do it. Just because Hough is to ignorant to understand what it is doesn't excuse her actions.

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