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Julianne Hough Denies Body Shaming Amber Rose on Dancing with the Stars: "I'm ALL for a Sexy Booty Dance!"
The #DWTS judge responded to the contestant's statement that she "felt body-shamed" after her performance.
Following Monday's episode of Dancing with the Stars, Amber Rose is addressing a comment made by judge and longtime DWTS dancer Julianne Hough about Amber and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy's salsa to Jennifer Lopez's track "Booty."
"It was a point in the dance where I had to lift my leg up and Maks dipped me. [Julianne] said, 'Oh, I'm uncomfortable,' and instantly I felt — I did feel body-shamed," she reportedly said on her podcast, Loveline with Amber Rose, according to PEOPLE. She added, "All the beautiful professional dancers that are on Dancing with the Stars, 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."
Julianne has since addressed Amber's statement in an interview with E! News, clarifying what she meant when critiquing their routine. "To be clear, that was a produced package, not live coverage and they can put those sound bites anywhere. 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," Julianne said. "Trust me I'm ALL for a sexy booty dance!! We all know that!! And any kind of body shaming goes against everything I believe in."
Prior to the controversy, Maksim shared his own take on the judges critiques of their routine. "I think a bit more constructive criticism from the judges would have been helpful, though. Something like “Your shoulders are down” would have been much more effective," he shared in a blog for Entertainment Weekly. "It made me so upset to see how sad Amber was after the judges’ comments. We had so much fun in rehearsal last week and it all came crashing down in an instant."
Below, relive Amber's Watch What Happens Live appearance.