Julianne Hough controversy sparks discussion about racially appropriate costumes

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  • Hegdehog Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 31, 2013 5:46 p.m.

    @Bob K
    No Bob, you don't get it.

    Racial profiling and stereotyping is wrong, period. It's not acceptable or okay for one group to slam another anymore than the other way around. What made it wrong for one group to do it is the same underlying principle for when any group singles out or makes fun of another.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    I think she looks more like the sheik in Ben Hur than like an African American.

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2013 3:00 p.m.

    "African-Americans are entitled to be an African-American person," he said."

    Black people and entitlements. I hear that.

  • jakers87 santaquin, UT
    Oct. 31, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    what is up with this world now days? If a white person dresses up as a black person its racist but a black person dresses up as a white person it must be racist!!! Get over it world!!!

  • Bob K porland, OR
    Oct. 31, 2013 2:43 a.m.

    SLars Provo, UT
    How about whiteface, like "white Chicks" with Shawn and Marlon Wayans? Are we working for equality, or special privledges?

    --- This is a PERFECT example of "not getting it" -- Blackface was created to allow White performers to do exaggerated and demeaning racial stereotypes, and is seen by most people of color as a humiliating reminder of times when degrading them were OK.

    --- "sending up" a stereotype, by showing it in reverse, is irony. Pardon me if I have found that when I use irony to lds people, they tend not to see the joke. Folks who were raised in very homogeneous Utah might tend to be less aware of what outsiders think, but Julianne is not a humble girl from a rural town, and certainly ought to have known better.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    and trying to find some way to be offended at and trying to find some way to be offended at any given time. It's gotten to the point where political correctness is sometimes just plain silly.

  • DesertBrat60 Indio, CA
    Oct. 30, 2013 10:50 p.m.

    This halloween costume issue is so dang rediculous!! J.Hough was not wearing anything racially biased. At halloween you can dress as whatever, whomever you want! Hough was not even dressed as a "black face" like the servant slaves of old. She portrayed an actor from a TV & Movies. Her friends portrayed a group of cast members where one of them was an African-American. It should be concidered an honor to have folks dress up on a holiday, as you!

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 10:37 p.m.


    Oops, wrong holiday spirit.

    The Political Correctness police will be out in force to prevent any possible taking of offense or hurt feelings by anyone on this or any other planet. Everyone will win a trophy and best costume prize and a big bag of candy. And, don't scare anyonw, or threaten anyone with tricks.

    In fact, maybe we should just stop all this "unfairness" associated with Halloween right now. The federal government needs to come in and make everyone buy an approved costume (you can choose from four) but the price will be a LOT more than you ever paid before. Then you can go to approved government offices to beg for handouts, which will all be "Michelle approved" healthy treats, but there will not be enough for everyone.

    Halloween will not be celebrated at all in another 10 years, at the rate we are going. But, that will offend some people too, so you cannot win when you play PC games.

  • crawfordzoo Barstow, CA
    Oct. 30, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    I guess humor along with common sense have fallen victim to political correctness. Lighten up, people! It's a fun holiday....have some fun! Don't take yourself too seriously. If someone were to dress up as a German he would probably be wearing Lederhosen, right? Guess what? Lederhosen were only worn in Southern Germany by adults and not in the region where I was born and raised. Would I be offended if I saw someone in Lederhosen on Halloween? Heck no! I would laugh and ask him where he got them.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 7:11 p.m.

    How about whiteface, like "white Chicks" with Shawn and Marlon Wayans? Are we working for equality, or special privledges?

  • Utah Native Farmington, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    I hear what this article is saying. But I have a large, Caucasian family member who makes a really good Mr. T, and his costume was a hit a few years ago, because who doesn't think Mr. T is awesome? Sometimes it can't be helped that the "cool" people (i.e. culturally iconic, as in idols and heroes) to be for Halloween are someone of a different ethnicity than ourselves. Choosing a costume to emulate someone we admire should be allowed if its not in any way meant to be demeaning (and if it is, it's inappropriate).

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Oct. 30, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    If we want to talk about inappropriate costumes, take a look at every one of them. They will cause some sort of problem for someone else - from being a fictional character in a sci-fi movie whom a person might be frightened of, to a little girl dressed as a witch, to a little bumblebee for babies. What if someone had a phobia of any of those characters?
    Sometimes I think we are just wound too tightly and just need to relax and laugh at ourselves. We can be complete idiots or dolts, but people need to take a chill pill. Is that person's heart really that full of hatred that people are calling them racist? I think the people that are calling Julianne a racist are actually racists themselves. IMHO.