In regard to Julianne Hough‘s incredibly insensitive and ignorant decision to don blackface for her “Crazy Eyes” costume, I expected a lot of people would be talking about it. What I didn’t expect was to read so many “Oh blackface? NBD” responses on Twitter. Really? Really?! How, pray tell, is this “no big deal”? I suppose my own ignorance was put to the test yesterday, because I was under the impression that all of society understood why you just don’t do blackface. Ever. Well, I was wrong! I even got into a heated argument yesterday over it (after guzzling two beers, but still) because some people really don’t understand why it’s offensive.
For her part, Julianne Hough released a statement about her decision:
”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.”
Julianne may be sorry, but her decision was still idiotic. And so are the following Twitter users who cannot seem to comprehend the fact that it’s unacceptable to turn a culture into a costume.
man, how freaking awesome will it be in the (seems like fucking far off) future when blackface will be no big deal – as it should be #LeSigh
— kacsaful (@kacsaful) October 27, 2013
So you’re telling me that accepting “blackface” means society is progressing? Great.
Not sure who Julianne Hough is but don’t apologize for Halloween blackface. That shit is funny! — Terry Allen (@TerryLeeAllen) October 27, 2013
So you’re saying it’s only offensive during the other 364 days out of the year? Hear that, everyone? Halloween justifies everything!
She needed to apologize because her PR team anticipated the backlash from this costume was going to be nearly as bad for her image as “dating” Ryan Seacrest was.
— Stacks Edwards (@imstacksedwards) October 27, 2013
Hear that, Beyonce? White people are offended by your CHI use! How dare you!
can someone please explain to me why it’s racist of Julianne Hough to be a brown character for Halloween?
— cammie nolan (@cammierari) October 27, 2013
Well, I can only hope that during next year’s Emmys, Uzo Aduba accepts an award for her portrayal as “Best Brown Character” in a comedy. Come ON, people! Goodness gracious.
I’ll have you know I was offended by just how awful that movie was in general.
Way to use the word “lynch” in a tweet about blackface, dude. Seriously?!
People are getting so upset over Julianne Hough in blackface. Really? Everything is considered racist these days. Get over it
— Shannon Mata (@_shanthrax) October 27, 2013
Psssh, racism! What is this nonsense of which you speak?
— Stephanie Daletski (@daletski) October 27, 2013
Well then pardon me if I hand out candy to trick-or-treaters while dressed as one giant swastika.
I don’t think that Julianne Hough’s costume is a big deal at all. A little surprised so many people were offended…
— Kailyn Lowry (@KailLowry) October 27, 2013
I was actually hoping to hear from Farrah Abraham on this matter, but I suppose any MTV Teen Mom will do.
@juliannehough That costume is adorable and anyone who calls it “blackface” is ignorant. I love it.
— Jklmno Rstuv (@Neerovra) October 26, 2013
As you can see, plenty of people need to be educated on the history and reasoning of blackface and why it’s offensive. Uhh, earth to humanity? Hello? Anyone there? I think I need to stare at this photo of Neil Patrick Harris and his family for awhile to feel better about things. If you have to explain it to someone, chances are there’s simply no hope there. #LeSigh indeed.
Interested in another take on the situation? Here’s input from one of our writers who thinks that Julianne might not be as racist as everyone’s making her out to be.