Laverne Cox Wasn’t Offended By Julianne Hough’s Blackface, Says It Was “Ignorance”

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 29, 2013

“I wasn’t offended. 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.”

I really appreciate Laverne Cox’s take on Julianne Hough wearing blackface as part of her Crazy Eyes/”Orange Is The New Black” Halloween costume because it draws attention to the larger context in which Hough would think that part of her costume was okay. That people have not been educated on the racist history of blackface and the forms it has taken over the years is sad. And it’s a shame that people who call out blackface for being racist are often dismissed as being too sensitive. It’s good that Julianne apologized and hopefully learned something from the incident, but it’s troubling that not a single person on her team or in her entourage thought to advise her against it, perhaps because they’re also ignorant about its racist history or perhaps don’t care. And Hough is hardly alone in wearing skin color as a Halloween costume; that so many people think blackface — as a costume, on fashion magazine covers, in advertisements, at parties etc. — is okay is the real problem. [Us Weekly]