Julianne Hough Responds to Amber Rose’s Body-Shaming Claims

Amber Rose Felt 'Body Shamed' by Julianne Hough on 'Dancing with the Stars'
Amber Rose was upset by a comment that Dancing with the Stars judge Julianne Hough made during her performance to Jennifer Lopez's "Booty

Julianne Hough in no way meant to body shame Amber Rose as the former stripper’s danced with her Dancing With the Stars partner, Makshim Chmerkovskiy, on Monday night’s (Sept. 26, 2016) show.

Rose brought up the body shaming in her latest podcast “Loveline With Amber Rose,” saying, “It was a point in the dance [to Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Booty’] where I had to lift my leg up and Maks dipped me and [Julianne] said, ‘Oh, I’m uncomfortable,’ and I instantly, I felt – I did feel body-shamed.”

She added, “You know, all the beautiful professional dancers that are on Dancing With the Stars, I mean, they dress very sexy and they do splits and they grind up on these guys and they look absolutely stunning and they get a standing ovation. And for me, and my body, my hips, my ass, my breasts, made her uncomfortable.”

Hough responded to the claim in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “My comments were solely reacting to the quality of the dance I was judging. I have been a strong proponent of female empowerment and an anti-bullying advocate for years and I take that very seriously. Any kind of body-shaming is the furthest thing from who I am and what I stand for.”

The DWTS judge previously clarified to E! News that the comment was taken out of context. “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.”

She concluded, “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.”