The dancer, who lately performed Sandy in Grease Dwell!, defined the “unique purpose” she signed onto the present within the first place. She stated she was “actually excited” to spotlight activists’ work on a bigger platform. “In doing so, I felt it could assist educate, mobilize and encourage folks around the globe to get entangled in activism as a result of many worthy causes want consideration, funding and most significantly, the facility to impact actual change,” she wrote.
Julianne acknowledged that followers thought The Activist was “performative, promoted pseudo-activism over actual activism, felt tone-deaf” and earned comparisons to Black Mirror and The Starvation Video games. The Emmy winner reiterated that the hosts weren’t certified to evaluate activism “as a result of we’re celebrities and never activists.”
She continued, “I heard you say there was hypocrisy within the present as a result of on the root of activism is a combat towards capitalism and the trauma that it causes so many individuals and that the present itself felt like a shiny capitalistic endeavor.”
After Julianne wore blackface for Halloween eight years in the past, her brother Derek Hough informed E! Information she was “mortified” by the backlash. “She’s so apologetic. She’s so so sorry and I simply hope that we are able to all forgive her and transfer on,” he stated on the time.
Uzo responded to the costume as effectively, telling E! Information in November 2013, “I believe possibly it was an unlucky occasion, however she apologized and I really feel like we are able to all transfer on.”
Social media customers resurfaced the offensive picture in current days, following her casting on the social justice competitors. One fan tweeted, “are we simply presupposed to neglect that julianne hough actually did blackface??”
E! Information has reached out to reps for Usher and Priyanka Chopra, in addition to CBS, for remark.