*Two television personalities have two different points of view regarding the current crisis plaguing America – Julianne Hough’s Halloween outfit.
While reality TV star Tamar Braxton believes it’s not a big deal, Wendy Williams said the girl is “ignorant” and “should know better.” [Watch video below.]
Braxton, appearing on VH1’s The Big Morning Buzz yesterday, was asked about the controversy surrounding Julianne’s dark makeup to look like the African American character Crazy Eyes from “Orange is the New Black.”
Comparing Hough’s appearance to more of a “spray tan” than blackface, Tamar said: “I think people are on team too much right now, cause it’s Halloween, and you should go dressed as you want to. Would you be offended if I wore a conehead and painted myself white? I mean, it’s not like you are trying to be racist or offensive or anything like that.”
“You’re drunk by the time you figure out who people are,” Braxton said of Halloween. “It’s not that serious. And what she looks like is definitely not offensive to me. I mean, I wouldn’t think nothing of it.”
This is the opposite view from that of Williams, who called Hough out for being ignorant.
During Monday’s Hot Topics segment, the outspoken TV personality noted that Julianne, 25, “caused a stir” over the weekend. “We don’t normally think of her as stirring! Just dancing and smiling and stuff,” Williams said. “She showed her ignorant side when she showed up to a Halloween party wearing blackface. Like, who does that?”
“I don’t know what part of stupid—or, excuse me, less than smart—she is,” Williams argued. “Who walks out of the house in blackface? Like, wow, Julianne. I don’t know whose party she was at, but you have to figure this: This was, like, an intentional move. This was not something that happened all of a sudden and she was like, ‘Oh, is this racist?’ You put thought into your Halloween costume. I’ve known what I’ve wanted to wear for over 40 days and I’ve been dieting accordingly…You talk about your Halloween costume. You don’t just show up in blackface. Which means she’s not just less than smart off the cuff—she’s less than smart even when she thinks about it.”
Williams then read Hough’s apology aloud, though it didn’t do the dancer-turned-actress any favors. The TV host also alleged that Julianne “grew up someplace where there weren’t a lot of black people.”
(According to E! Online, Julianne was born in Utah, but spent many years training in the United Kingdom.)
“She grew up Mormon. She only thought that there was one kind of alcohol until I guess she arrived to Hollyweird and discovered you can drink something different every minute of the day,” Williams told the audience. “Does she get a pass if she grew up out there? Because I’m thinking there’s books and there’s Internet and TV…the world is your oyster.”
The bottom line, Williams argued, is that Julianne “should know better.”
Hough has apologized profusely for offending anyone and her brother, Derek, said this week that Julianne is “mortified” by the controversy.
Watch the comments from Wendy Williams and Tamar Braxton below.