Julianne Hough On Blackface Controversy, Activist Backlash

Former “Dancing With the Stars” skilled dancer and choose Julianne Hough has issued a press release concerning the backlash over her new CBS actuality competitors show “The Activist.” She additionally addressed the 2013 black face controversy that got here up within the feedback criticizing her new show. Here is what Hough needed to say.

Hough Says She Is ‘Deeply Listening’ To the Criticism

For the previous few days, Hough and the others concerned in “The Activist” have been underneath fireplace by what critics are calling the choice to greenlight a actuality show that “undermines the whole lot that true activism is about.”

“The Activist” is a actuality competitors show by which “activists will compete in missions, media stunts, digital campaigns, and group occasions geared toward garnering the eye of the world’s strongest decision-makers,” in line with the CBS press launch.

In an Instagram publish, Hough wrote that the “previous few days have been a robust demonstration of real-time activism.”

Hough’s assertion continues:

Thank you for utilizing your voices, calling me in, your accountability, and your candor. I’m deeply listening with an open coronary heart and thoughts:

After the press launch saying “The Activist,” I heard you say that the show was performative, promoted pseudo-activism over actual activism, felt tone-deaf, like ‘”Black Mirror,” “The Hunger Games,” and that the hosts weren’t certified to evaluate activism as a result of we’re celebrities and never activists.

I heard you say that there was hypocrisy within the show as a result of on the root of activism is a combat towards capitalism and the trauma that it causes so many individuals and that the show itself felt like a shiny captalistic endeavor.

I additionally heard you say that attempting to worth one trigger over one other felt just like the Oppression Olympics and completely missed and disrespected the numerous activists who’ve been killed, assaulted, and confronted numerous abuses combating for his or her causes.

And due to all this, there’s a feeling of insult, dehumanization, insensitivity and damage that’s being rightfully felt.

She went on to say that she doesn’t declare to be an activist and he or she understands that “the judging facet of the show missed the mark.”

“It feels necessary for me to share that the unique cause I signed on to this show was as a result of I used to be actually excited to be part of one thing that highlights, and is centered round sharing activists’ work on a bigger platform,” continued Hough. “In doing so, I felt it will assist educate, mobilize, and encourage individuals all over the world to get entangled in activism as a result of many price causes want consideration, funding, and most significantly, the ability to impact actual change.”

She pledged to not draw back from this “messy” and “uncomfortable” dialog.

“I’m dedicated to being right here for all of it … I’ve shared your considerations in addition to my very own with the powers that be, who I imagine have listened. I’ve religion and confidence within the lovely folks that I’ve labored with will make the precise selection and do the precise factor transferring ahead. Not only for the show, however for the higher good,” stated Hough, including, “I’m going to proceed to pay attention, unlearn, be taught and take the time to be absolutely current with the whole lot that you’ve all shared as a result of I do not wish to simply react. I wish to digest, perceive and reply in a means that’s genuine and aligned with the lady I’m turning into.”

Hough Also Once Again Addressed Her ‘Poor Choice’ To Wear Blackface

For Halloween 2013, Hough dressed as Uzo Aduba’s character from “Orange Is the New Black,” together with carrying darkish make-up on her pores and skin that was known as blackface. She apologized then in a tweet, and has as soon as once more apologized for her “poor selection.”

In her Instagram assertion, Hough wrote, “Many persons are simply turning into conscious that I wore blackface in 2013, which solely additional added insult to harm. Wearing blackface was a poor selection primarily based alone white privilege and white physique bias that damage individuals and is one thing that I remorse doing to today. However, the remorse that I reside with pales compared to the lived experiences of so many. My dedication has been to mirror and act in a different way. Not completely, however hopefully with a extra developed understanding that racism and white supremacy is dangerous to ALL individuals.”

Hough ended the publish by saying, “I additionally perceive that there is no such thing as a response that I might share that may make everybody pleased, nonetheless, I need you to know that it is a dialog and I’m nonetheless listening.”

The five-week “The Activist” season premieres Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific instances on CBS. “Dancing With the Stars” season 30 premieres Monday, September 20, 2021, at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific instances on ABC.


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