Isla Fisher Warned Julianne Hough About Blackface at Halloween: Report

Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 05:31 PM

By Ken Mandel

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On Halloween, Isla Fisher reportedly told Julianne Hough to remove the blackface from her costume, but the former "Dancing With the Stars" cast member's look was captured on camera anyway and caused an Internet uproar.

Hough, 25, recently created controversy by attending a Los Angeles party dressed as the Suzanne "Crazy Eyes," Warren, an inmate from the popular Netflix prison show, "Orange is the New Black." The ensemble included an orange jumpsuit and blackface to resemble actress Uzo Aduba.

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Feeling this might be a problem, Fisher suggested that Hough remove the blackface, Us Weekly reported via an exclusive source.

"[Isla told Julianne to] go to the bathroom and wipe her face off," Us Weekly quoted the source as saying. "Isla hoped she got to Julianne before photos were taken."

One of Fisher's representatives denied to the publication that the actress had stepped in.

Meanwhile, photos of Hough's costume quickly started an uproar, prompting a quick Twitter apology.

"I am a huge fan of the show 'Orange is the New Black,' actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created," Hough wrote. "It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize."

While Aduba didn't comment on the situation, show co-star Laverne Cox commented to Us Weekly.

"I wasn't offended," she told the publication. "I thought it was a shame that she is in this country, that she would wear blackface and not understand the historical implications of that. I don't think Julianne is making a specific informed choice to comment on blackness. I just think it's out of this ignorance. That's really sad."

Blackface is a type of makeup used in early 19th and 20th century minstrel shows, in which white performers depicted exaggerated portrayals of a black person, and are seeped with racial overtones.

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