Tuesday 25 April 2017

'I got death threats over fake tan,' says dance celeb Hughie

Heavily tanned dancer Hughie Maughan performs with Emily Barker during RTÉ’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ last Sunday night. Photo: kobpix
Heavily tanned dancer Hughie Maughan performs with Emily Barker during RTÉ’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ last Sunday night. Photo: kobpix
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

'Dancing with the Stars' contestant Hughie Maughan will be toning down the tan after receiving death threats when his fake tan was linked with racism.

He said the reaction "shook" him and he won't repeat his mistake.

"I was in the shower last night for about five hours scrubbing myself trying to get it all off," he said.

"I take full responsibility for my tan and anyone who's saying that I'm being racist is wrong. I'm a member of the Travelling community, I've had racism all my life and I would never be racist.

"I can't believe the reaction that I'm getting. This is a tan that has turned into an international press storm."

He said the backlash went viral after US chat show 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen' named him "Jackhole of the Day".

One of Cohen's guests, reality TV star Porsha Williams, said: "Is he in black face? Jeez."

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An RTÉ spokeswoman said the production team tried to stop Maughan applying so much fake tan - but that he insisted on applying his own.

"Production are urging him to stop this over-usage and allow the experts to take over," she said.

A spokesperson for American group Black Lives Matter said: "There is quite a difference from his normal complexion...however, since he has claimed it was a simple tanning error, we will take him at his word. There is a difference between 'black face' and 'over tanned'."

Irish Independent

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