Back when I was in university (yes, believe it or not, I do have an actual education. I am very S-M-R-T), I had the misfortune of witnessing the dumbest thing of all time.
In some media and communications theory class, we were assigned class presentations that had to be formatted like something we’d see in popular media. One young lady had the brilliant idea of doing her presentation like a talk show. Unfortunately, the talk show she chose to model her presentation on was Oprah, Oprah Winfrey’s old show.
I say it’s unfortunate not because Oprah was a bad show. It’s probably the greatest talk show of all time. What was unfortunate was that she decided to be Oprah Winfrey in her presentation, which meant leaving the room before her presentation and returning in full blackface.
Naturally, the whole class was mortified. She began her presentation in blackface, but that was quickly put to rest by the professor. I’ll forget that he said, “I’m sorry. You cannot present like this. You fail the assignment. Now get that off your face and don’t come back.”
Why was the professor so quick to fail what could have been an excellent presentation?
BECAUSE YOU NEVER, EVER PUT ON BLACKFACE.
It is one of the most offensive things you could ever do.
For those of you that don’t know, wearing blackface was common for performers in the 19th century when they were in shows that were made to ridicule and dehumanize black people.
So where am I going with this?
Oh yeah. Actress Julianne Hough had a massive lapse in judgement this weekend when she attended a Halloween party as Crazy Eyes from Orange Is The New Black (pictured above).
Julianne Hough has faced significant backlash for wearing blackface. At least, she recognizes her mistake. She later tweeted:
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.
If you didn’t want to disrespect or demean anyone, why did you put on blackface, Julianne Hough?
I’ve always considered Julianne Hough to be a huge babe. But there’s more to being a babe than just looks. Coolness accounts for at least 50%. And since Julianne Hough has made it very clear that she is not cool by putting on blackface, I am now revoking Julianne Hough’s babe-status.
Get one last look at Julianne Hough because this is the last time you’ll see her on this blog:
What the hell is wrong with people nowadays?
Just because blackface was killed by the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, that doesn’t mean it’s now ok to wear it out for Halloween. Why can’t you just bury your racism deep down and dress slutty instead?
Sorry Julianne Hough but your blackface shenanigans means that you are no longer a babe to this blog.
And that goes for all of you. If you’re planning to wear blackface this Halloween, you will lose the respect of this blog.