Abby Lee Miller’s new Lifetime show has been canceled after cast members came forward about her racism on Dance Moms.
Miller also won’t be returning to Dance Moms if it’s renewed for another season.
Abby Lee Miller’s new Lifetime show has been pulled after her racist comments during Dance Moms were revealed. Abby’s Virtual Dance Off was announced back in April and was meant to be a competition series that took place at home during coronavirus self-isolation measures. The show was supposed to air 12 episodes this summer, but according to Entertainment Weekly, it’s been canceled as a result of Miller’s racism. She also will no longer be on Dance Moms itself, if it even gets renewed.
As a reminder, Miller shared a since-deleted #BlackoutTuesday post on Instagram, which resulted in her being called out for racist comments she made to several moms and their daughters. Dance Moms’ Adriana Smith responded directly to Miller’s post with her own Instagram, writing, “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?”
She went on to chronicle some despicable things Miller said to her, including, “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.”
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 #closetracist #callingherout #notsupportingracism #youdontcare
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Meanwhile, Camille Bridges wrote a statement to E! News, saying, “[Miller] 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 since apologized, but Smith is understandably not accepting said apology because Miller hasn’t even bothered to reach out directly: “Her failure to appropriately address me and my daughter personally points to the fact that she is disingenuous,” Smith says. “I firmly believe that if Abby was truly sorry, she would have apologized a year ago when she exposed my then-7-year-old daughter to her FIRST account of racism.”
❌❌⁉️‼️🗣At this time, I do not accept Abby’s apology because her apology was not sincere. My daughter and I have yet to hear directly from Abby Lee Miller. Moreover, she didn’t even bother to tag me or Kamryn in her post. How else would we know she apologized? My friends and peers informed me of the apology. How sincere could it be?! What happened to a phone call or at least a personal direct message? Her failure to appropriately address me and my daughter personally points to the fact that she is disingenuous. My purpose with my original post was to share my story and how it negatively impacted my daughter and it resonated with many others because of the distressing times in our country. At this point, this is bigger than Kamryn and I. It’s about the potential effect that she has on the future of dance and negative, stereotypical influences on young, aspiring dancers of color. • • • I firmly believe that if Abby was truly sorry, she would have apologized a year ago when she exposed my then 7-year-old daughter to her FIRST account of racism. So, no, I don’t accept her apology. I also fully support and standby Nia, Camryn and Nicaya as well as any others who have been victims of racism at the hands of Abby Lee Miller or in the industry. • • #apologynotaccepted #🙅🏾♀️ #kickrocks ✌🏾
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