US TV star Julianne Hough said her decision to wear blackface in 2013 “was a poor choice based on my own white privilege” following criticism for appearing in new reality series The Activist.
Hough, known for shows including Dancing With The Stars and America’s Got Talent, is set to serve as a judge on The Activist, alongside Usher and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
The reality show, which features six activists competing in digital campaigns and media stunts, received an immediate backlash, with critics arguing the format encouraged performative activism.
Contestants will be assessed on how much social media engagement they receive as well as approval from the celebrity judges.
Responding to criticism of the show, Hough also addressed her 2013 blackface incident, when she dressed up as a character from Netflix drama Orange Is The New Black for Halloween.
“Many people are just becoming aware that I wore blackface in 2013, which only further added insult to injury,” the 33-year-old…