For a Halloween party a few weeks ago, Julianne Hough decided it would be brilliant to dress up as Crazy Eyes from Orange Is the New Black. The problem? The actress who plays Crazy Eyes is black, and Julianne decided to wear blackface to fully immerse herself into the character. Julianne was photographed going into the Halloween party with her blackface, and then she was photographed coming out of the party with most of the makeup washed off. What happened at the party? Well, according to Us Weekly, Isla Fisher went up to Julianne and told her to wash that stuff off.
Friends don’t let friends wear offensive Halloween costumes. Isla Fisher knew Julianne Hough was flirting with disaster when she showed up to a Halloween party on Oct. 25 in blackface makeup, but her efforts to save the Dancing With the Stars alum from controversy turned out to be too little, too late.
A source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that the Great Gatsby actress, 37, “was mortified” when she saw Hough, 25, dressed as Orange Is the New Black character Crazy Eyes, complete with orange prison attire, a knotted ‘do, and darkened skin. (Crazy Eyes is played in the Netflix original series by Uzo Aduba.)
In an attempt to help, the Wedding Crashers comedienne recommended that Hough “go to the bathroom and wipe her face off,” the source says. (Fisher’s rep denies that she intervened.) “Isla hoped she got to Julianne before photos were taken,” the insider adds.
No such luck. Pictures of the Safe Haven star in costume quickly made the rounds online, sparking outrage and criticism. By the next day, the backlash was so intense that Hough felt compelled to issue an apology on Twitter.
“I am a huge fan of the show Orange Is the New Black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created,” Ryan Seacrest’s ex wrote on Oct. 26. “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.”
Aduba’s OITNB costar Laverne Cox, for one, believes Hough simply didn’t know any better. “I wasn’t offended,” she revealed to Us a few days after the incident. “I thought it was a shame that she is in this country, that she would wear blackface and not understand the historical implications of that. I don’t think Julianne is making a specific informed choice to comment on blackness. I just think it’s out of this ignorance. That’s really sad.”
So, Isla Fisher’s rep is trying to deny that Isla told Julianne to wash it off? That’s weird. That’s something I would take credit for. “Hey, you guys, I was the one to tell that dumbass to wash off her blackface! Who wants to buy me a drink?” Of course, maybe Fisher’s denial has something to do with how radioactive this issue is (and should be). No one wants any part of Julianne’s blackface. And have you noticed? She’s been keeping a very low profile since that incident. No daily pap strolls, no “look at me!” photo ops, no club hopping. Which is good – that’s smart PR. Go underground until people forget and/or move on to the next controversy.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and PCN.
Sad that a grown woman would need someone to tell her this isn’t kosher. I still can’t decide if acts like this one show ignorance or entitlement. Not that it matters, the end result is the same.
Where entitlement = privilege, I think both are factors.
America really showed its ass this Halloween.
I think you mean celebrities showed their ass.
You’d think they’d know better by now. And yet every year we get a frat or a sorority going full on racist, only to claim that they had NO IDEA that it was bad. >eye roll<
BTW, Julianne going underground isn't going to help. As soon as she resurfaces, someone is going to bring it up. Better to go on an apology tour and get it over with.
What I don’t understand is, is she really that stupid to not get how offensive that was? someone with a brain would think, I don’t think its a good Idea for me to paint my face black. We all know it is/was a really stupid idea, funny how she didn’t get it.Maybe she’s really sheltered.
I think it’s very possible she didn’t know the history of blackface. It’s been a long time since it was prevalent. I remember when Ted Danson did it in the 80’s and as a teenager I had no idea why it was a problem. I thought it was weird and stupid but I didn’t get that it was offensive. That’s when I learned the history of it all. I honestly believe it was a stupid, uninformed mistake on her part. Is is sad she didn’t know the history? I don’t know. I guess it depends on your perspective. Either, yay! We’ve moved past this and people have no racial motive behind something like that these days or Boo! We’ve buried our offensive history and people are insensitive to something that still hurts certain populations very much.
“Is is sad she didn’t know the history? I don’t know. I guess it depends on your perspective”e. Luncinda, in WHAT perspective would it NOT be sad for not knowing the history of blackface?
It’s not “been a long time since it was prevalent”. This is what minstrelsy looks like today: it has never gone away – http://www.vulture.com/2013/08/jody-rosen-miley-cyrus-vmas-minstrel.html. There are literally too many instances of the blackface of modern day minstrel to list! You can find just a few here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/trayvon-zimmerman-halloween-costume_n_4170528.html , here http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/1023245/, and here http://boards.adultswim.com/t5/Minoriteam/Get-Rid-of-that-Minority-super-friends-Racist-Show/td-p/21349070. SMDH.
Yes, it is sad that she did not know both the history and what’s going on now. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. And make asses of themselves in the process.
Go back to the original post and look at how many comments said stuff like ‘its not a big deal anymore’ or ‘well I wouldnt be offended if a black person wore whiteface, so what’s the big deal?’. It’s not shocking that someone would be stupid enough to do it, but what is surprising is that her friends even let her out of the house.
I cannot stand the acting challenged Hough or her arrogant brother. They bug me. How Hough still finds acting roles amazes me. She needs to march herself back to DWTS and do the only thing she is rather good at.
I blame Seacrust for her higher profile. Damn that man.
you can also blame sea crest for the kardashians. that man has a lot to answer for.
Isla Fisher is 37?! She looks great.
+2! For some reason, I love her and Sasha together. His “characters” can be insensitive (to say the least)… and gross, but you can tell that he really loves her. 🙂
I lurv her!
No idea Isla Fisher was 37. She looks so much younger. Mmm I didnt know yesterday that Brooke Mueller was 36. She looks so much older *Kanye Shrug.
I can see why Isla’s rep is denying it. If Julianne is her friend why would you make it pubic that you basically admonished her. It’s pretty attention seeking in a situation where your friend is already most likely embarrassed. Good for Isla.
Isla Fisher looks 37 to me but I agree Brooke looks way older then she is.
Yeah, Naye, I respect Isla too. She’s a good friend.
I love her! And yeah I think she’s wise to avoid it- maybe she’s embarrassed that someone she considered a friend would wear blackface in the first place?
That’s a good point, Lauren.
That’s very likely part of it too; Isla Fisher doesn’t want guilt by association and probably had no idea Julianne was capable of that. It stinks when you find out a friend is racist; it makes you reconsider being their friend at all.
I don’t think Julianne Hough is a racist…I just think she’s woefully ignorant. As a black woman, I don’t believe she did what she did to offend (even though that was the end result). Unfortunately she didn’t know any better and none of her friends were enlightened enough to think and advise their friend that it was a bad idea.
Honestly, good for Isla. If one of my friends was dumb enough to wear blackface I’d be the first one to tell them to wash that sh*t off.
Oh meee too. I had someone on fb ranting over this whole thing saying “OH so I’m white so I’m not allowed to dress up as a black character?” and I tried to nicely explain that you can dress up as Yeezus for all anyone cares, but don’t wear the blackface – it has a really sensitive history. And she was like “Oh I know the history – I just think it’s wrong to say that because I’m white I can’t dress up as soandso”.
Just couldn’t get it through her head.
I’ve noticed this attitude a lot on message boards. People are comparing this and other instances of blackface this halloween to that insipid movie “White Girls”. Some white people were saying “well I didn’t get offended when those guys who did “White Girls” dressed up to look like white women. It hurts my brain that people don’t see the difference.
isn’t that what true friends do, tell you the truth instead of having you look ass in public.
I’m sure if she had real friends around her when she was putting on the blackface this whole thing could have been avoided.
Julianne shouldn’t have thought twice about listening to Isla. Given who she’s married to, I would imagine that Isla has a very finely honed sensitivity to inappropriate “humor” . . .
Huge difference between Sasha Baron Cohen and this chick. Sasha Baron Cohen is a Jew making Jew jokes. That’d be like saying that Key and Peele are racist against black people. It’s *their* culture to mock. Julianne Hough has no right to mock blacks or black culture.
I wasn’t referring to his Jewish jokes. With his later stuff, especially the movies, he was really more offensive than humorous to a lot of different groups.
Obviously, I was not trying to defend Julianne with this comparison.
I see what you meant. I guess I *would* be inclined to defend SBC because it’s satire and it’s meant to spur thought and discussion… agree to disagree on that one. 🙂
With Julianne, it was just a stupid girl fame-hoing. Seriously. I refuse to defend her in the slightest. She MUST be dumb as a box of hammers, and I think we can all agree on that.
@Katija – It’s funny, because I used to be a huge SBC fan. I loved all his England-era Ali G Show stuff, and even the follow-up on HBO. Even “Borat” was good. I agree that a lot of it was thought-provoking and meant to highlight prejudice that existed in society.
But then somewhere around the “Bruno” era, his work took a turn and it stopped seeming clever and funny, and more about being offensive for the heck of it. Just my perception.
I think we can agree on Julianne. “Dumb as a box of hammers,” I’ll have to remember that line.
But you certainly can’t put the blame on Isla for her husband’s awful humor. I think it’s a ridiculous statement to say that because Sascha Baron Cohen’s largely satirical comedy Isla Fisher can’t pull her friend aside and tell her that the black face was inappropriate. And who really knows how she feels about his work, anyway. He was performing these really odd, over the top characters when she met him. He’s built his career on it. Maybe she voices disapproval in the privacy of their home. I just think it’s unfair to judge her for what her husband does.
i find it incredibly funny that after all of the crap that her husband pulls, she would be the one to tell hough to knock it off.
That’s what I was thinking. Her husband has worn “brown face” if I’m not wrong. If she’s denying saying it, then I believe her.
GO ISLA. I’m glad someone called this bish out on her bs.
I’ve always found Julianne insanely boring in that Blake lively kinda way, like how the hell did she get there?? I’m not surprised that’s she’s kinda dumb, but I’m really surprised she’s this stupid in this way. She’s completely useless…..oh…wait….unless you’re gay and need a renta-gf
She got there by bearding for Ryan Seacrest who has a lot of pull in Hollywood.
Well, she was also great on Dancing with the Stars. I liked her on that show, and she was excellent at bringing out the best in her partners. And that was before she bearded for Seacrest.
I haz a theory! Look, Julianne is referred to as “Ryan Seacrest’s ex”. That is pretty telling. ~Mayyybee~ she did this for a story. I mean, granted, her handlers probably aren’t top-notch, so I’m not calling total conspiracy here. Is she dumb? Does she come across as dumb in interviews? I don’t even know, so those are genuine questions.
Maybe she’s denying it because it isn’t true? I don’t know why else she would.
A costume is a costume. Some are offensive. Do I need to break down all the categories of costume wear? Surely not. It’s a chance for everyone to be some one or some thing totally different. So…hmm…what’s the furthest thing from that pasty party blond? That’s right. An incarcerated black crazy chick. Everybody is always chiming in on how others’ knee-jerked overreactions speak volumes and this, yes, is just another. Google controversial costumes. Duh?
a style of dress, including accessories and hairdos, especially that peculiar to a nation, region, group, or historical period.
dress or garb characteristic of another period, place, person, etc., as worn on the stage or at balls (parties people).
Would I be mad if you dressed up as an overweight housewife sitting at home with the flu? Go for it bitches! ;o)
It’s about blackface, not bad choice in Halloween gear. It goes a lot deeper, and it’s worthwhile for everyone to have a better understanding of what it means.
Well maybe ‘the deeper’ needs to quit along with everyone else. How is this ever supposed to be past-tense if people keep talking about it? It’s a non-issue. I’m a person. You’re a person. Done and done. Hard to do? Obviously. Necessary? Overdue for certain.
This. Nobody said she couldn’t dress as crazy eyes – could have done the outfit, the hair, all that jazz. You don’t need to pull the blackface into the costume, especially since it was an ensemble kind of costume.
Not talking about something doesn’t make it go away, no matter how uncomfortable you are with the topic.
Open discussion and validating other people’s feelings leads to understanding and progress.
I know that you don’t see it, but dismissing something that offends a large portion of the population as “no big deal” is not conducive to healing. In fact, it just makes a lot of people feel like they aren’t being heard.
“How is this ever supposed to be past-tense if people keep talking about it?”
Unless people are educated about things like racism and history in general, they will keep repeating the stupidity. Sticking your head in the sand and hoping the stuff that makes you a little uncomfortable because it actually makes you have to think for once will go away is no way to go through life.
“How is this ever supposed to be past-tense if people keep talking about it?” – Mabs
If I just stop talking about it, plug my ears, and hum “la la la la la”, racism will be over before you know it! Why has no one ever thought of that before? You’re a genius!
Not really, that is one dumbass argument.
“I know that you don’t see it” – Oh Mabs knows it alright, TheOriginalKitten. She just doesn’t care!
“Well maybe ‘the deeper’ needs to quit along with everyone else. How is this ever supposed to be past-tense if people keep talking about it? It’s a non-issue. I’m a person. You’re a person. Done and done. Hard to do? Obviously. Necessary? Overdue for certain.”
See, THIS is the attitude that raises my blood pressure. Tell you what, as a woc I’ll forget about the history of racism in this country if YOU forget about the years of persecution American settlers by the English. Now doesn’t the idea of that sound STUPID to you? So…Black people should just ignore the past history of violence and marginalization because it’s over and we should move on?? PLEASE pull your head out of your arse, Mabs.
Hello, Mabs the Troll! How you doin’?
The reality is that blacks live in a world where race is always a subject and always a factor. So while to others, such as you – a white person, it might seem that it’s just harping on something that is removed from them. For POC, blackface is an everyday in your face racist experience. Full Stop.
‘Empathy’ should be your word to live by instead of ‘oblivious’.
Um. What makes you think I’m white? Full stop.
What a fool. Amost as offensive as her use of blackface is the use of the word “star” to describe her.
I’m not at all uncomfortable with the topic. Our histories suck. Not just ours either…every culture has had horrific pasts. @TheOriginalKitten, if you think this hasn’t been talked about enough, you must be living in another solar system. People’s feelings and their validations have come and gone. I don’t know anyone in my personal circle who sits around and talks race, feelings and validations. Jesus. Grow up. And yes, I ‘see’ it. I’m tired of seeing it. That’s what I’m saying. We need to embrace each other’s similarities and differences with exuberance and leave wallowing in feelings and validations in the 90’s.
So because your “personal circle” never addresses anything of importance, no one else should either?
Okay, you’re telling us what you think we should do, I’m gonna tell you what I think you should do. I think you should break out of that personal circle of yours.
All of us have personal circles. In addition, we’re inundated with information vomitus mass daily. Why can’t YOU help the masses to move on? If you’ve taken on the responsibility to spread the new truths and repair humanity…exactly what are your expectations? Race doesn’t do a damn thing for me. People are people. Every single one of us are faces in a crowd and way down the road…WAY down the road, what exactly do you super duper intelligent people think all of us are going to look like?
Maybe if you quit holding hands and shushing ‘trolls’ and just BE without pointing fingers, part of our problems will start to dissipate. Standing on a sideline somewhere screaming about injustices is done. It’s fruitless. You’re doing it to me now. lmao
Mabs, when you find the yellow brick road to that utopia where the masses “just move on” and sing kumbaya without EVER having a meaningful discussion about why racism STILL exists in this country or at least TRY to understand and empathize with one another in a way that promotes healing…please point the way and I will happily follow you there.
You strike me as a well-meaning troll, Mabs. And +1 to what Emily said, you definitely need to get out of that bubble you live in.
” I don’t know anyone in my personal circle who sits around and talks race, feelings and validations. Jesus. Grow up.”
“Grow up” coming from someone who posted one of the most infantile comments in response to an incredibly complex issue. Interesting. I think you might need to take your own advice in that one–perhaps try listening and learning and you’ll actually grow and develop as a human being.
Oh let me guess-that probably doesn’t interest you, does it?
Incredibly complex issues? Where exactly are you FROM? This isn’t affordable healthcare. This is racial inequities. And quite frankly I’m sick of them. I don’t get to be sick of something?
Oh wait, that’s right. Y’all I’m sorry. Miley’s tongue is what I’m REALLY tired of. 😀
You seriously don’t think that RACISM is an incredibly complex issue?
..and FYI-I’m from BOSTON, where people like you wouldn’t last a second.
THANK YOU! +888,000,000,000.
Mabs, why do you believe you have the right to tell other people who are hurt or offended by symbols of racism that they shouldn’t be just because you are unaffected by them and bored with the topic? You are the one who needs to grow up. Mature people can empathize with others whether or not they have lived the exact same life or felt the same pain.
Because I’m just as human and ‘of a color’ like you. You get to think your way. And I get to think mine. See how that works? I can say, “I’m so tired of dot.dot.dot.” And unbelievably, I can continue if I want and explain how I wish the masses could pull themselves up from a landscape and seek better pastures. Wow, is there an age requirement to post here I missed? (like teens only)
I’m white, though I don’t know what that has to do with it. I would point out the obvious inconsistencies in your arguments, but I would just be wasting my time. You remind me of the saying “too bad a closed mind doesn’t come with a closed mouth.”
But Mabs, you didn’t just come on this board and state your opinion. You stated your opinion and then stated that those of us who don’t subscribe to your way of thinking should “grow up”. I would bet money that you are under 25 years of age. If I’m wrong…well that would just make me sad.
I used to own a large costume store. I sold tons of black face paint to whites and white face paint to blacks at Halloween or murder mystery costume parties, stage etc. Never did I hear anyone becoming offended from either side. Mind you I dont live in the states where everyone is offended by everything. This seems so blown out of proportion to me. The news gets ahold of it, sensationalizes it and the sheople follow. Mind you I’ve heard racism is still very much alive in the southern states. That’s a shame!
Racism is alive in the entire country, and in the entire world. People like you deny it. THAT is a shame.
Pathetic, right? It’s one thing to admit that you don’t understand something, but dismissing it entirely is ignorant and irresponsible.
Oh for heaven’s SAKE! I just can’t with this justification. It’s just completely insensitive and wrong thinking. So you can’t empathize with the so called “sheople” that AREN’T influenced by the media, but by the offensive history of blackface?? GMAFB!
Maggie, what country do you live in? (I’m curious.)
It’s certainly true that different countries approach race differently (depending on their histories). I once was at a parade, I think it was a Guy Fawkes parade, at a small town in southern England, where some of the people (I’d say 9 at least) in the parade were dressed as Zulu dancers, faces in full blackface, lips whitened.
This is so stupid. It is Halloween. People are WAY TOOOOOOO sensitive!!!! Get over it.
Actually, you’re the one that sounds stupid.
Ya know, I’m more offended by attitudes like yours that by what Julianne Hough did. Willful ignorance makes me stabby.
She’s denying it because she doesn’t want to be called Hough’s friend.
It amazes me how many people are just looking for stuff to be offended about on a daily basis. This offends you? seriously? WHY should she know the “history of blackface”? Why can’t she simply be dressing as her favorite character? Why can’t it be a compliment? because EVERYBODY wants to be offended about something CONSTANTLY! gimme a break. I’m Catholic, do I take offense at all the people dressed as Nuns and Priests? no. Everyone has forgotten how to find humor in themselves. Blackface i suppose is of the UTMOST importance. to some. I suppose. But get the Hell over yourselves already. Move ON. Move Forward. My people are Slovaks. we were also once servants and slaves. we were occupied and killed in Nazi Germany. I suppose maybe I should just keep using that as an excuse.
Stop being a troll Crash. lol I think this is one of those places that can’t handle much.
You go Crash! agree! No point though arguing with the closed minded though. Huge reverse double standards these days.
“Huge reverse double standards these days.” – Bamster
Why am I not surprised to see this disingenuous code phrase trotted out? Yes, both blacks and white can discriminate against each other, but no way do whites suffer from a systemic discrimination that you’ve labeled as “the reverse double standard”. No, the truth is that black people: 1) have far less opportunity to discriminate against whites than whites have to discriminate against blacks, overall; and 2) black people lack a system of institutionalized support that protect them when they discriminate against whites. Redefining “Discrimination” as “Racism” doesn’t make it true.
Racism is the system wide interacting social, political, and economic rule systems that all discriminate, either upfront (racial profiling, for example) or on the down low, (i.e., white majority governments redrawing district voting lines so that black majority areas are politically split up and don’t have the electoral power to vote in black candidates; or, white-run banks using zip codes as a criteria for excluding people who apply for loans, and just “happening” to exclude all the majority black neighborhoods in a city, a practice called “red-lining”).
A “reverse double standard” would only describe a society in which all the rules and roles were turned upside down. That has not happened in the U.S., however much white right wing ideologues want to complain that they’re being victimized by the few points of equality that minorities and women have managed to claim. White people who complain about “huge reverse double standards” are actually complaining about being denied their privileges, rather than being denied their rights. They feel entitled to be hired and not to be discriminated against, even though the norm is white people discriminating against blacks. If, in a rare instance, a black employer discriminates against a white job applicant, that’s not “reverse” anything — it’s simple discrimination. It’s to be condemned on principle, but it’s not evidence of some systematic program by which whites are being deprived of their rights.
Yes, dressing as a priest/nun is the same as blackface.
Because history is so littered with instances where priests and nuns had their rights taken away, right?! Priests were kidnapped and sold to slavery, their children and grandchildren tied in bondage and servitude, and suffered abuse at the hands of white people because of their skin colour? Nuns were tortured and attached to the back of a truck, dragged through a gravel road until they died, and were beaten just for looking at a white person the ‘bad’ way?
If anything, it is the priests and nuns who have heaped a lot of abuse on their own Catholic followers.
Ever heard of the Magdalene asylum/laundries in Ireland? Run and controlled by nuns, women suffered physical, mental, and sexual abuse. Years have passed since they closed but few victims have ever received justice and closure.
Do I have to mention child molesting priests never punished by the Vatican? Priests are protected and sent to another parish where people wouldn’t know of their crimes. The Spanish Inquisition is still a huge stain on Catholicism. The Vatican’s silence during the Holocaust is still unforgivable.
You are in no position to tell others what they can and cannot be offended by. As a fellow Catholic, we have uglier skeletons in our backyard that many can’t even acknowledge and refuse to accept…like priests molesting young boys.
Your people suffered slavery and the horrors of the war. You don’t mind? That’s your decision. But tell a Jewish person to “get over” the Holocaust and move on and he/she is being too sensitive about the past, and let’s see the reaction you’ll get.
I can’t…I just can’t with these ignorant comments. As someone who’s history included the attempted genocide of an ENTIRE race of people, I would think you would, at the VERY least have some empathy. And if you think Jews have forgotten their history, you’ve been living under a rock. I also guarantee that if there were offensive imaging regard Jews, jewish people would be up in arms, because why wouldn’t they? Jesus take the WHEEL!
Are we still crucifying her for this? She apologized, and clearly didn’t mean to be disrespectful, time to move on.
This. Is. Not. Blackface.
She looks more Middle Eastern to me. Scratch that. She doesn’t look anything other than paste trying to get really really tan, but not TOO tan.
What. Is. It. Then?
The character she’s dressed up as is a black character from a netflix series so “middle eastern, really tan but not too tan” isn’t what she was going for.
I’ve got it! Tan Mom.
Love the Netflix series though…
LMAO you’ve really perfected this troll schtick haven’t you?
You mentioned earlier in the thread that you’ve got the flu, you sound like you need to go lie down sis. No shade here, you really do.
What schtick? I hate to be plain jane boring but there’s no ‘practicing’ going on. I’m sucking on a Hall’s, watching the latest episode of Hostages and chit-chatting on a silly board. Excitable and plot-worthy huh?
would it be okay or not okay for a white person to use those self tanners???? Since whites have to think about every little thing they do, of course…..
Excuse me for a moment while I jump in my car and run down to the tiny violin store before they’re all out!
Hahaha – spot on Sloane!
Marry me, Sloane.
Theresa typed out these words on another thread and I’m stealing them…Orange Mocha Frappachino. That’s exactly what she was going for.
Sorry but the look on her face is a clear indicator she knew exactly what she was doing.
Jesus, where did all of these racist trolls come from?
Nothing better than white people telling minorities when they’re allowed to be offended or not!
And this is different from our past how? At least we have Obama deciding what’s best for us. That makes up for it right?
Christ I am astounded by some comments on here.
I don’t know which is worse, if Hough knew the controversy and wore blackface to be controversial and get attention (looking at the stupid smug look on her face I think that’s likely) or that she actually has reached her mid 20s and is so dim she has no idea of the wider historical context and we this is so damn offensive.
It is incredibly racist. I live in England and it would be considered racist here as well (by the non-stupid).
Who the hell are Julianne Hough and Derek anyway? They are in the Daily Fail all the time. Are they really just dancers on a show?
They both seem very tiresome.
You know what the stunning thing is, Isla Fisher not even American born had more smarts and a better grasp of US history than Julianne Hough, a dancer, twenty-four and born in this country. Julienne should have known better, blackface and minstrel shows has been dead for over eighty years and even if she had no intention of being offensive she put herself in a bad position. Julianne was already a rather unpopular figure when this incident happened, now she is a liability to anyone who hires her for the foreseeable future.
Guess I’m dumb too because I was completely ignorant to the history of blackface too.
It’s an interesting slice of history actually — criss-crosses with a lot of stuff: minstrel shows, burlesque and early theater, film — the first talkie was the story of a Jewish man whose father wants him to be a cantor but the Jewish man just wants to sing Jazz, secular music, “Mammy.”
Anyway, it’s worth looking into.
On some of the other posts people linked articles explaining the history and that’s how I found out.
There’s a lot I’m ignorant about when it comes to racial issues.
so at first I thought this was a mountain being made out of a molehill, but then I let it cook in my brain for a little while because I do that sometimes in elevators or when I’m stuck in traffic. The whole blackface thing rattled around in my brain like a bb in a box car, so obviously there was something niggling at me about it. And here’s what I came up with:
If I dressed up as something other people took offense to, then something is wrong and I had better re-revaluate. Just because I find something funny doesn’t mean everyone else will. Just because I don’t mean nothin’ by it doesn’t mean it’s okay for me to stomp around on people’s feelings. It’s like when Prince Harry dressed up like a Nazi that one year for Halloween… I don’t think he wants to re-open Dachu, but even though I was ‘supposed” to find it funny, I didn’t. It made me feel weird. Uncomfortable. And I wasn’t even there- I only saw pictures. But…. somehow, seeing someone dressed like that made me feel…. strange. Sort of bad. If I went to a party and there was someone dressed like Hitler, that would make me feel uncomfortable. Would I demand that person take off his costume? No…. but I wouldn’t want to hang out with him, either. One year I went as a nun with my date who was dressed up like a Hasidic Jew- he’s Catholic and I’M Jewish so for us it was funny. For our friends it was funny. but I was with my lil group who was in on the joke, not out for public consumption. I dn’t know if that makes it okay, though. (I felt okay, and Dude felt okay… but if we were out somewhere would it have been terrible? I’m really not sure. But I do know that if I had run up on someone who pulled me aside and said “that’s actually pretty offensive and I feel weird about it”, I would apologize and probably would’ve gone home and changed. because jokes are supposed to be funny, they are supposed to make people laugh, not make someone feel all shitty. It’s just not okay to make people feel shitty- regardless if the intent to insult wasn’t there.
So now I get the blackface thing. It’s the same for black people as an SS uniform would be for me.
Bless your heart, Cletus. You helped to lower my increasing blood pressure. It’s always great when someone actually takes the time to consider the world beyond the tip of their noses and are capable of having empathy. I’m actually a little teary because the “get over it” narrative just upsets me so much. It literally makes my stomach hurt. So thank you for sharing your road to understanding. I appreciate it.
“jokes are supposed to be funny, they are supposed to make people laugh, not make someone feel all shitty. It’s just not okay to make people feel shitty- regardless if the intent to insult wasn’t there.” – Cletus
Thank you for a great comment! Loves it.
I don’t know why people are assuming that Isla lying. There’s no reason to. I do read blogs and tabloids for entertainment value but it still amazes me that people believe everything they say.
Women are still in slavery around the world, and I am upset by this fact on a daily basis. However, I think it’s funny when men dress as women. I think it’s crazy if a black person gets upset over someone dressing black, but it’s even more crazy how so many of you white women on this board are getting upset over it on their behalf.
Shiela, we’re all sisters under the skin; that’s true on a molecular level. I get upset for me and mine.