Since I don’t care about Dancing with the Stars, I have barely been paying any attention to any of the controversies with this season’s cast and judges. Apparently, Julianne Hough has rejoined DWTS, but this year she’s a judge. And Amber Rose is one of the contestants, which is sort of cool. Amber hasn’t been “wowing” the judges though, and Amber thinks she knows why: they don’t like her curvy body. Specifically, Amber thinks that Julianne is sort of body-shaming her.
Amber Rose has a bone to pick with none other than Julianne Hough. E! News has the exclusive clip from Amber’s next episode of Play.it’s Loveline With Amber Rose where the co-host dishes on a recent experience with the blonde judge that rubbed her the wrong way. Amber’s fellow host Dr. Chris Donaghue mentioned that he felt Julianne’s criticisms of Amber’s dance were unfair, to which she replied, “Last night was like, they did the commentary, and I, it was a point in the dance where I had to lift my leg up and Maks [Chmerkovskiy] dipped me & [Julianne] said, ‘Oh, I’m uncomfortable,’ and instantly I felt, I did feel body shamed.”
Amber added, “You know, all the beautiful professional dancers that are on Dancing With the Stars, I mean they dress very sexy and they do the splits and they grind up on these guys and they look absolutely stunning and get a standing ovation. And me, and my body, my hips, my ass, my breasts made her uncomfortable.”
Meanwhile, Julianne tells E! News exclusively, “To be clear, that was a produced package, not live coverage and they can put those sound bites anywhere. My ‘uncomfortable’ comment was about the fact that I felt like I wanted more out of the performance – when someone is doing a hot, sexy dance like that without the right amount of energy that is required, it can be uncomfortable to watch. Trust me I’m ALL for a sexy booty dance!! We all know that!! And any kind of body shaming goes against everything I believe in.”
Hm… who to believe? The thing is, this seems like the Solange Knowles incident. Amber isn’t saying “this is a clear-cut case and here’s the proof!” Amber is talking about how it FELT. She’s saying “this is what I experienced and these are my feelings about it.” Amber is a thick, curvy girl and she’s had years of experience with slender white women telling her (in various ways) that her body is unacceptable, that it is gross, that it is uncomfortable to see. Amber FELT body-shamed because she knows the feeling well from years of experience. I understand that Julianne is trying to say that was not her intention at all, and maybe it wasn’t – but Julianne still needs to stop and listen to what Amber is saying here.
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