For more information on Julianne Hough's costume and apology read here
Note the girl duckfacing next to Julianne. Haven't heard about her costume even though she is costumed like one of the characters played by a Latina actress. Hmmm... Julianne's costume is dominating the discourse. It has sparked an interesting series of debates online. I think that it boils down to a few essentials. Is it offensive to dress as a person from a different culture or ethnicity? NO. Is what is depicted in this picture blackface? YES. Is blackface offensive? YES. When creating a Halloween costume that embodies another culture that is not your own you have to do it with respect if you want to pull it off but ultimately it's a fine needle to thread. It's obvious when it's a thoughtless act. In some ways this is appropriation. White privilege gives some the impression that they have the right to embody any person in anyway they wish. It's a complicated issue that comes up every Halloween. I look forward to the year this isn't a conversation we need to have.
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