Sources claim that Hough and Union were given excessive notes on their physical appearance with comment about their hair, makeup and wardrobe.
Union, sources say, was repeatedly told that her hairstyles were “too black” for the show’s audience. Many A-listers have bashed NBC for not asking Union to return after she reportedly made a string of complaints regarding cultural insensitivities on set. Ariana Grande, Ellen Pompeo, Lin Manuel-Miranda and Union’s husband, Dwyane Wade, have publicly supported Union, while Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette called for SAG-AFTRA to investigate the escalating situation. The women’s advocacy group Time’s Up has also made a statement.
This past weekend, SAG-AFTRA confirmed that the union has launched an investigation into the reasoning behind Union’s combating, telling Variety in a statement, “While we have taken steps to investigate this matter, we have nothing to report now.”
NBC empty its silence over Thanksgiving weekend, issuing a statement on Sunday saying the network is “working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns.” We’re not surprised.
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