Abby Lee Miller earned a long-running show that centered around exactly how tough she was on her dance students. The reality star posted-and-deleted a black square in support of #blackouttuesday after the murder of George Floyd; however, she is being called out for being a hypocrite.
Former Dance Moms star Adriana Smith took to Instagram to recall a time when Abby made racially insensitive comments and slammed her for pretending to care about black lives.
‘I recently posted on my FB that racism is not something we can disagree on and still be friends, which in turn is why we are not friends. A statement from her that sticks in my mind to this day during my time on DMS8 is ‘I know you grew up in the HOOD with only a box of 8 crayons, but I grew up in the country club with a box of 64—don’t be stupid. This my friends is not something or a statement that can be googled. Ask yourself what does that mean? This to me shows that you think you are better than me and in higher rank and all together superior to ME!’
She went on to ask if Miller remembers when she asked her why she was ‘really’ there.
The mother of dancer Kamryn Smith said: ‘Let me remind you what you said in case you forgot. You told me to ‘LOOK in the MIRROR! That’s the only reason you are here!’ Kam told me she heard ‘they need a sprinkle of color!”
That was when the mother decided to leave the show.
In a Facebook post, a producer named Kori Kingg reacted to Adriana’s allegations by pointing out that she also should have left tying her own traumatizing experience into the topic.
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I couldn’t think of a more perfect day to address my experience with Abby Lee Miller. Wanna know the truth? Wanna know my TRUTH? Swipe Right to find out ❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌ I’m sure most people will say “why did you go on the show?” Auditioned and booked the show why wouldn’t we go? Call me naive, I thought with cancer and jail time maybe she had changed just a little bit. Well #season8 proved that was a complete lie. • • #cantbesilent #standwithme #standwithkam #closettacist #callingherout #notsupportingracism
‘Seeing a 7 year old little black girl be put in a box in a corner and treated so violently because of the color of her skin was heartbreaking. It reminded me of when I ‘found out I was black’ at an age not much older than her.’
Camille Bridges, mother of Camryn Bridges, also chimed in on Abby’s racially insensitive behavior.
‘[Abby] tried to spin Camryn as being the poor one and there on scholarship. I shut that down immediately. She loves appropriating our culture and never appreciating it. She did not give black choreographers on the show acknowledgment of their work. She continuously put Camryn in afros.’
Miller has not responded to the allegations.