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'Orange Is the New Black' star Laverne Cox on Julianne Hough's blackface costume: 'She doesn't seem to understand'

With Halloween fast approaching, talk of Julianne Hough’s offensive blackface costume isn’t slowing down. At last night’s TV Academy event celebrating LGBT characters, Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox told EW her thoughts about the actress’ blunder.

“I think it’s great she likes our show,” Cox said. “Crazy Eyes is my favorite character besides mine too. But it’s really interesting that she doesn’t seem to understand. It’s historically tricky in this country to re-create blackface. I’m not opposed to someone having their form of expression, but she seemed to be completely unaware of the historical implications going in, and I think that’s problematic. If you want to make a choice like that, I think it’s important to understand the historical context you are walking into.”

Although Hough’s outfit is receiving negative attention, Cox is enjoying seeing other fans dressing up for the holiday as characters from the hit Netflix show, which is currently filming its second season in New York. “It’s so amazingly flattering. I don’t know if that’s a sign that you’ve made it, but it’s wonderful.”

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