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I’m not in favor of blackface. If there were some kind of election going on in which I could vote either yes or no on white people darkening their skin to impersonate black people, I would definitely vote no. As such, I think anyone who goes that route should be forced to issue an apology and explain what the hell they were thinking.
After donning blackface over the weekend, former Dancing With The Stars pro Julianne Hough released a statement saying she did so in order to be a part of a group Halloween costume for Orange Is The New Black and more importantly, she feels absolutely horrible about what happened, never should have done it and wants to make amends. In theory, one would have thought that would have been the end of the controversy, but despite the apology, people just keep talking about what happened.
On the one hand, it’s easy to see where the furor is coming from. There is a long disgusting history associated with blackface. You would think people would know this and would think before they get the facepaint out, but for whatever reason, it just keeps happening, every single Halloween.
On the other hand, however, it seems a bit ludicrous that no one is taking into account intent here. Hough isn’t a woman with a history of race problems, and she was clearly trying to express how much she loves the show by organizing a group of people to go in coordinated costumes.
What do you think? Is it time for all of us to move on, or should the media keep making an example out of Hough? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…
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