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The 11 Most Ridiculous Twitter Responses To Julianne Hough’s Racist Halloween Costume

Julianne Hough Blackface Halloween Orange Is The New Black 10-25-13In 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.

So you’re telling me that accepting “blackface” means society is progressing?  Great.

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.

Hear that, Beyonce?  White people are offended by your CHI use!  How dare you!

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?!

Psssh, racism!  What is this nonsense of which you speak?

Well then pardon me if I hand out candy to trick-or-treaters while dressed as one giant swastika.

I was actually hoping to hear from Farrah Abraham on this matter, but I suppose any MTV Teen Mom will do.

 

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.

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  • coaxmetal

    First of all, stop using the term “blackface” like an uneducated moron. That’s not blackface, that’s make-up. There’s no exaggeration of stereotypical features, no mockery involved. She just darkened her skin colour. Only an idiot would care about that for more than a millisecond. Plus, the world is much bigger than the USA. The rest of the world doesn’t care about your history regarding blackface. That’s why so many people ON THE INTERNET don’t care.

    • Cassandra Hough

      Then I must be an idiot for sure, because I’ve cared about this for many milliseconds! Blackface was also makeup, but we’ve evolved the chemistry of cosmetics a bit since the early 20th century. I don’t care if it’s actual tar or Banana Boat lotion, it’s still completely unacceptable.

    • coaxmetal

      Why is it “completely unacceptable”? Because you say so? Because of something completely unrelated that happened a century ago in one country? It’s completely acceptable to me and a lot of other people, no matter how much you attempt to shame them for disagreeing with you.

      She didn’t “turn a culture into a costume” like you said (even though that’s fine too, people dress as Vikings in my country all the time, that doesn’t mean they condone pillaging and raping), she dressed as a FICTIONAL CHARACTER. Yeah, yeah, I know what you’ll say, people dress as characters without make-up, but so what? What does that even prove? So, your problem is the accuracy of the costume, just because it was once linked with something bad? So, no one can ever wear dark make-up ever again in the history of mankind, because of this thing that happened once? Intentions and context matter much more than such dogmatic aphorisms.

      She’s not wearing blackface, she’s wearing dark make-up. Blackface was intended to ridicule or demonise the idiosyncrasies of black people as a whole. It’s not the same thing AT ALL. Comparing it to dressing as a swastika (assuming you’re referring to the Nazi variation) is also fallacious. You are the one being insensitive here, by bringing up such serious matters for pathetic reasons, not her.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Are you referring to slavery as ‘this thing that happened once’?

    • coaxmetal

      What? No, of course not. I was obviously referring to the minstrel shows. That’s what this whole thing is about, right? You’re the one who mentioned blackface so many times. Are you doing this on purpose?

    • coaxmetal

      Wait, my mistake. I thought you were Cassandra Hough. Anyway, the issue here is whether the costume is insensitive towards the historical significance of blackface, and that’s what I was talking about. I didn’t even mention slavery.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      It wasn’t obvious to me that you were referring to minstrel shows; that’s why I asked. But regardless, they aren’t a ‘thing that happened once’. That was simply an outward symptom of the ongoing mistreatment of an entire race of people.

  • Doobry

    There’s racism, and then there’s jumping up and down screaming about something so trivial that it is hard to believe you’re not trolling. And yes, I do only have white friends – because I live in a nice area.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Speaking of trolling.

    • whiteroses

      You are aware that there are affluent black people, right?

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  • Mike Romana

    Alright people complaining about a costume just needs to a grip.
    People dress as Ninjas all the time and you don’t hear Asians bitching.
    People dress up as Indians and the good American Indians ain’t bitching.
    The list goes on but the African Americans who bitch about their color emulated and they get all angry??? They’re just embodying the stereotype of angry black folk.
    If black is beautiful , then let it be. You feel me?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      No, Mike Romana, I do not feel you.

    • whiteroses

      “People dress up as Indians and the good American Indians ain’t bitching.”?

      What, pray tell, is a “good” American Indian? Please, enlighten us all. I can’t wait to hear this one.

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