Julianne Hough Responds to Amber Rose’s ‘DWTS’ Body-Shaming Accusations
Rose and partner Maks Chmerkovskiy earned a score of 25 for a routine set to Jennifer Lopez's "Booty" on September 27. The marks were something to smile over, but judge Julianne Hough's insistence that the number made her "uncomfortable" was less so, and in the latest episode of Rose's Loveline podcast, she said she couldn't help but feel insulted.
"Last night was like, they did the commentary, and I, it was a point in the dance where I had to lift my leg up and Maks dipped me and [Hough] said, 'Oh, I'm uncomfortable,' and instantly I felt, I did feel body-shamed," she said. "You know, all the beautiful professional dancers that are on Dancing With the Stars, I mean they dress very sexy and they do the splits and they grind up on these guys and they look absolutely stunning and get a standing ovation...and me, and my body, my hips, my ass, my breasts made her uncomfortable."
Hough defended herself in comments to E! News, though, and said she'd never intentionally body-shame anyone.
"To be clear, that was a produced package, not live coverage and they can put those sound bites anywhere," she said. "My 'uncomfortable' comment was about the fact that I felt like I wanted more out of the performance — when someone is doing a hot, sexy dance like that without the right amount of energy that is required, it can be uncomfortable to watch."
And if there are sides to be taken, Chmerkovskiy is definitely on his partner's. He wrote in his Entertainment Weekly blog that even if the dance deserved critique, the commentary's delivery was off the mark.
"I think a bit more constructive criticism from the judges would have been helpful," he said. "The bottom line is the song says 'booty, booty, booty' about 70 percent of the song, so there's no way we weren't going to work that into the dance."
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