Celebs are known to embroil themselves in controversy, even when it comes to their Halloween costume. In 2012 Chris Brown sparked outrage when he decided to go out in a Taliban costume. Prince Harry caused quite an uproar in 2005 when he showed up to a party wearing a swastika armband.
Now we can add Julianne Hough to the list of misguided Halloween costumes. Julianne decided to go as Uzo Aduba’s character “Crazy Eyes’ from the Netflix show “Orange is the New Black.’ Her jumpsuit costume included blackface makeup. After the photos were widely circulated online, the actress apologized on Saturday saying:
“I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. 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.”;
Meanwhile, Raising Hope star Martha Plimpton was decidedly not amused, taking to Twitter to write: “It’s not hard. White people: Do not wear blackface. Life will still be okay if you don’t ever, ever, ever wear blackface. OKAY? GREAT.”;
Martha subsequently used Julianne’s lapse in judgement to make some pointed comments on the nature of celebrity: “Can we use this moment additionally to also recognize that elevating morons to celebrity status does not help the world in any way? Ever?”; she tweeted. “Not every pretty person with two legs needs to be famous. People who DO things, okay. It just makes nonsense like this inevitable.”;
Upon learning that Julianne had apologized, Martha issued her own apology on Sunday: “I do feel bad for calling @juliannehough a moron,”; she tweeted. “That was mean. Ugh. I’m sorry. Glad she acknowledged her mistake. I should, too.”;