Julianne Hough Regrets Using Black Face For Crazy Eyes Costume

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Dancing With the Stars  judge Julianne Hough made a mistake in 2013. For Halloween that year, she used blackface makeup to dress up as Orange Is the New Black's Crazy Eyes. 

In a new interview with Allure, Hough addressed the unfortunate incident. "Ignorance is sometimes not bliss," she told the magazine. The beauty mag's cover star says she didn't choose her costume out of malice.  "I really had no idea what I was doing, and it was all out of fun and respect for the character," Hough said. "I don't even know how to talk about it because it's such a sensitive topic."

Hough publicly apologized in October 2013. "I am a huge fan of the show Orange Is the New Black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created," she told her fans. "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."

Now, in 2015, she sees the entire event as a learning point. "It makes me so sad to think that I was that dumb. I learned a big lesson." (Allure)


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