I think everyone is probably really anxious to hear what Orange Is The New Black actress Uzo Aduba has to say about Julianne Hough donning blackface to portray her character ‘Crazy Eyes’ for Halloween this year, but she has yet to speak out. And frankly, I think that’s totally fine, given that she didn’t ask Julianne to go as her. Julianne made the racially insensitive decision to darken her skin and go out into the world like it wans’t a big deal, so she should have to deal with those social consequences, not Uzo. This whole thing has nothing to do with her if you really think about it.
But that doesn’t mean I’m not just as curious as you are to see what she thinks about this whole mess. So until then, I’m just gonna have to satisfy myself with the responses from other OITNB cast members, like this one from Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset on the show. She was asked by Entertainment Weekly what she thought of Julianne’s costume, and here’s what she had to say:
“I think it’s great she likes our show. Crazy Eyes is my favorite character besides mine, too. But it’s really interesting that she doesn’t seem to understand. It’s historically tricky in this country to re-create blackface. I’m not opposed to someone having their form of expression, but she seemed to be completely unaware of the historical implications going in, and I think that’s problematic. If you want to make a choice like that, I think it’s important to understand the historical context you are walking into.”
Yup. Yup yup yup. I love that response, because it’s straightforward and directly to the point without adding any extra drama. We don’t know if Laverne was personally offended, because that doesn’t matter. We do know that what Julianne did was insensitive, and showed an ignorance to the issue, and that’s all. There doesn’t need to be a feud between her and the show or an official statement made or anything. This was Julianne’s choice, and the consequences are hers alone to deal with. Or they would be, if people didn’t keep spewing racist garbage in response and fueling the fires.