“Dancing With the Stars” pro Derek Hough is being a good big brother, coming to sister Julianne’s defense after she unwisely appeared in blackface over the weekend at a Halloween party. Hope he told her to never do it again.
Derek told E! News that Julianne is “mortified” by the public backlash.
"She’s so apologetic," he said. “She’s so so sorry and I just hope that we can all forgive her and move on.
"She’s my little baby sister and she’s the sweetest thing ever. She is just beyond beside herself."
On Friday, Julianne dressed as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren from the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” wearing dark makeup and darkening her blond hair to look like the African-American character.
She later apologized on Twitter, saying “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."
Derek acknowledged what the world already knew.
“Obviously,” he said, “it wasn’t her brightest moment in her life.”