The dancer, who recently played Sandy in Fat Live!, explained the “original reason” why she signed on for the show in the first place. She said she was “really excited” to showcase the activists’ work on a larger platform. “In doing so, I felt it would help educate, mobilize and inspire people around the world to get involved in activism, as many worthy causes need attention, funding and, most importantly, power. to bring real change, ”she wrote.
Julianne admitted that fans thought Activist was “performative, promoted pseudo-activism over true activism, felt deaf” and deserved comparisons with Black mirror and The hunger Games. The Emmy winner reiterated that hosts were not qualified to assess activism “because we are celebrities, not activists.”
She continued, “I heard you say there is hypocrisy in the show because at the root of activism is a struggle against capitalism and the trauma it causes so many people. and that the series itself looked like a brilliant capitalist enterprise. “
After Julianne wore blackface for Halloween eight years ago, her brother Derek Hough told E! News that she was “mortified” by the backlash. “She apologizes so much. She’s so sorry and I just hope we can all forgive her and move on,” he said at the time.
Uzo also responded to the costume, telling E! News in November 2013, “I think maybe it was an unfortunate event, but she apologized and I feel like we can all move on.”
Social media users have resurfaced the offensive photo in recent days, after it was cast on the social justice contest. A fan tweeted, “Are we just supposed to forget that Julianne literally did blackface ??”
E! News has reached out to representatives for Usher and Priyanka Chopra, as well as CBS, for comment.