Gabrielle Union is taking issues a step additional together with her demand for change at NBC following her termination from America’s Got Talent. The actress filed a harassment grievance in opposition to the community, the manufacturing firm and longtime host, Simon Cowell. Union famously accused Cowell of making a poisonous surroundings for her and others. She named her former co-host, Julianne Hough, within the go well with – alleging that NBC has a historical past of hiring expertise recognized for previous racist habits and cites Hough dressing in blackface for Halloween for example.
A recap of Julianne Hough’s blackface offense
Hough was criticized after dressing as Crazy Eyes, An African American character from the favored Netflix sequence Orange Is The New Black for Halloween in 2013. Donned in an orange jumpsuit, Hough wore make-up that was a number of shades darker to attempt to mimic the character. She additionally tried to repeat the identical pure coiffure as the tv character. She issued an apology after the swift backlash.
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“I am a huge fan of the show ‘Orange is the New black,’ actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. 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,” a then 25-year-old Hough wrote on Twitter.
Hough apologized for a second time in 2015 throughout an interview with Allure Magazine. “Ignorance is sometimes not bliss. I really had no idea what I was doing, and it was all out of fun and respect for the character,” she mentioned. “I don’t even know how to talk about it because it’s such a sensitive topic. It makes me so sad to think that I was that dumb. I learned a big lesson.”
Gabrielle Union says NBC has a historical past of hiring expertise accused of racist habits, together with Julianne Hough
Union is alleging in her go well with that after witnessing habits she deemed racist and misogynistic, she filed a grievance with executives that fell on dying ears. As a result of her complaints, Union says she was deemed “intimidating” and fired.
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She says that NBC has a historical past of hiring celebrities with a racist previous, together with Hough, who she labored alongside at America’s Got Talent. She cites Hough’s blackface offense for example and believes NBC deliberately employed Hough figuring out of the incident.
According to paperwork obtained by The Blast, Union’s go well with says of Hough’s hiring:
Producers made a call to rent Union as a decide on AGT whereas concurrently hiring Hough, a two-time skilled champion of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars who had just lately gone by means of a broadly publicized scandal for personally showing in blackface. Hough apologized in response to the general public uproar that she precipitated. Combining somebody who so overtly wore blackface (Hough) with somebody who’s black and recurrently advocates on behalf of minorities (Union) ought to have at the very least alerted Telegdy that this might trigger Union to expertise some trepidation or concern about being unprotected from racially insensitive people whereas working as a decide on AGT.
Union is requesting financial compensation in an unspecified quantity, in addition to demanding that modifications are made at NBCUniversal. Hough was additionally fired on the time of Union’s termination after only one season as a decide.