With Halloweekend fast approaching, it's that time of year again: the time when people think that wearing terrible, offensive costumes is okay and are quickly shown that no, it is not.
Of course, no one faces more public scrutiny for their bad or good decisions than celebrities — and when you've got millions of people all yelling at you at once because you didn't think blackface was going to be a problem (spoiler alert: it is! Always!), it's easy to feel threatened and shut yourself off.
Luckily, these celebs were smarter than that — or at least they had smarter people telling them that they should probably atone for their sins. And while some of them need lessons in how to apologize ("I'm sorry you were offended" isn't really the way to do it), at least they tried their best. It's better than that time Chris Brown wore a "taliban costume" in 2012 and then just went on living his terrible life afterwards, right?
An "Orange Is The New Black" group costume is a great idea — but not if you're wearing black face. Julianne Hough found that out the hard way in 2013 (despite the best efforts of Isla Fisher).
After the backlash began, she tweeted:
"I am a huge fan of the show "Orange is the New black," actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. 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."
Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna
The two dressed as Sid and Nancy for Halloween last year, and Hamlin wore a swastika because yes, Sid Vicious did that shit all the time and it wasn't cute then either.
Rinna apologized on their behalf on Instagram the next day, saying on Instagram:
Colton loves a complete body transformation, but somebody probably should have told him that transforming himself into a different race isn't the best approach. He did it not once but twice, painting his face black to be Kanye West in 2011 and brown to be Mahatma Ghandi in 2012.
Haynes finally apologized online, saying during a streaming video chat:
"I've gotten in trouble for a few of my costumes in the past and I wasn't aware that I was offending people. That wasn't my intention at all, and I hadn't apologized for that but I want to apologize now. That will never happen again."Could have done it a little more publicly, obviously, but at least the message that you shouldn't darken your skin for a costume got through to him ...
Prince Harry as Hitler
How innocent we all were in 2005, when Prince Harry wearing a swastika to a costume party was the biggest news anyone had ever heard. After being urged by everyone in his life to make a reconciliatory visit to Auschwitz as penance, Harry chose instead simply to send a message to the press that said:
"I am very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume, and I apologize."
The country singer dressed as 'Lil Wayne in 2015 and didn't address the controversy until September of this year, telling Billboard:
“In this day and age people are so sensitive that no matter what you do, somebody is going to make a big deal out of it. Doing that had zero malicious intent ... I get that race is a touchy subject, but not everybody is that way. Media tends to make a big deal out of things. If that was disrespectful to anyone, I by all means apologize. That was never my intention. It never crossed my mind.”Definitely the worst apology of the bunch, for sure. Good luck this year, buddy. You're gonna need it.