Julianne Hough has apologised for using blackface as she faces criticism for her role in a new CBS reality show.
The actress was recently announced as one of the judges on a new CBS reality show called The Activist, where real activists compete to bring attention to their causes.
However, both the show and Hough quickly received criticism from critics, who called it “pseudo-activism” and something akin to the The Hunger Games.
Many people also began to point out that in 2013 Hough had worn blackface as part of a Halloween costume and because of that she is “not qualified to judge activists.”
In a statement responding to the backlash on Instagram, Hough said: “The last few days have been a powerful demonstration of real-time activism.”
“Thank you for using your voices, calling me in, your accountability, and your candor. I am deeply listening with an open heart and mind,” she added.
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Hough also apologised for wearing blackface in 2013 saying it was a poor choice based on her own “white privilege”.
“Wearing blackface was a poor choice based on my own white privilege and my own white body bias that hurt people and is something I regret doing to this day,” she said.
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