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Wendy Williams Slams Julianne Hough Blackface Halloween Costume

Wendy Williams was not a fan of the blackface Halloween costume that Julianne Hough wore over the weekend. The Dancing with the Stars champion dressed as Orange is the New Black character “Crazy Eyes” (a.k.a. Suzanne), but appeared in blackface by darkening the skin on her face and neck. Williams slammed Hough’s Halloween costume on her talk show, accusing the actress of being “ignorant” and issuing a bogus apology. Her brother, Dancing with the Stars pro Derek, defended his sister that same day by saying her judgment was ill-advised, but did not have racist intent.

Speaking on her talk show, Williams had some choice words for Hough and her blackface Halloween costume. “I don’t know what part of stupid — or, excuse me, less than smart — she is. Who walks out of the house in blackface?” Williams asked. “This was an intentional move. This was not something that happened all of a sudden and she was like, ‘Oh, is this racist?’ You talk about your Halloween costume. You don’t just show up in blackface. Which means she’s not just less than smart off the cuff — she’s less than smart even when she thinks about it.”

The talk show host also alleged that the Utah-born Hough “grew up someplace where there weren’t a lot of black people.” Derek also spoke out about the blackface Halloween costume last night, but denied there was any racist thought in wearing it. “Obviously it wasn’t her brightest moment in life, but hopefully we can move on,” he said. “She’s so apologetic … and I just hope that we can all forgive her.”

Hough also took to her Twitter page over the weekend and issued an apology for the costume.  “I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New Black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created,” she tweeted. “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.”

Of course, Hough isn’t the only celebrity to don an offensive costume. Last year, Chris Brown angered fans by dressing up as a Middle Eastern terrorist. At non-Halloween costume parties, both Prince Harry and Jesse James separately sparked controversy by dressing up as Nazis. Former teen idol Aaron Carter also made headlines a decade ago when he dressed up as a teenage pimp.

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  • Michele DaCosta

    On the heel of all that has gone on in the year 2013 as it pertains to race, dressing up in black face is absolutely unequivocally unacceptable! It just shows that people don’t care and they feel it is okay to continue to perpetuate the degradation of black people.

  • xnyer

    Wendy didnt hear any comments about it when 2 black actors made a movie in White Face for the movie “white Chicks”

    • Elin Martin

      Seriously? Considering the history of brutality, dehumanization, and commodification of black people at the hands of white people I don’t know how you can make a statement like that in all seriousness. Black people putting on white face is in no way comparable to white people putting on black face.

      • xnyer

        A lot of other groups have been dehumanized but the African American’s act like they are the only ones and want everyone to think they were…..

  • Johnny Sunday

    While dressing up in blackface may be offensive, walking on eggshells around the issue of race for as long as we have is not the answer. Let’s face it there are some very real differences among races and ignoring those differences is not going to make them (or racism) go away. I realize that our history is fraught with some very disturbing acts of racism. However, if we continue to walk around on eggshells, we are never going to get beyond it. Let’s have a laugh at ourselves and our races. Let’s feel comfortable with every derogatory term or act they can throw at us. As soon as we stop getting so wound up by the acts of ignorant people, they will fade into oblivion. It may take a bit of time, but getting offended is just not the answer.

  • Hopeful

    This is no different than black women that walk around with bleached skin and blond hair. Julianne Hough dressed as a character that she liked from a TV show, and it was for Halloween. Many black woman do this every day. ( Maybe someone should tell them that Halloween is only one day a year ).