Debulliate (debulliate) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Orange Is the New Black Actress on Julianne Hough's "Problematic" Blackface Costume

Julianne Hough has already apologized for wearing blackface to a Halloween party Friday, but the firestorm is far from over.

Hough, 25, wore blackface as part of her Crazy Eyes costume — a tribute to the beloved Orange Is the New Black character played by Uzo Aduba.

Although Aduba has kept silent on the controversy thus far, her co-star, Laverne Cox, was frank with Entertainment Weekly about the issues with Hough's make-up. "I think it's great she likes our show," Cox told the magazine. "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."

Hough's own brother, Derek, even reacted to the negative public attention, saying it "wasn't her brightest moment."

What do you think of Cox's comments?

Source: TV Guide
Tags: black celebrities, nobody, orange is the new black (netflix), race / racism
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