Two ‘Dance Moms’ Alumni Are Calling Out Abby Lee Miller for Being Racist to Their Daughters

Starr Bowenbank

From Cosmopolitan

  • Abby Lee Miller posted—and deleted—a black square on Blackout Tuesday.

  • Following Miller’s post, two dance moms called her out for being racist toward their children.

It’s no secret that the girls of Dance Moms have had understandable issues with Abby Lee Miller. But as it turns out, the moms aren't far behind. In light of the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests and the recent move on social media to hold people accountable for past racist actions, two moms—Adriana Smith and Camille Bridges—called Miller out for treating them and their daughters poorly because of the color of their skin following Miller's since-deleted #BlackoutTuesday post.

Smith wrote a whole story on her Instagram account in which she said Miller made aggressive comments and once said the only reason she and her daughter were in her studio was because they’re Black.

“A statement from her that sticks in my mind to this day during my time of 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,’” she wrote.

Smith continued, writing, “That, 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 high rank and altogether superior to ME! This shows that you don’t give a f*ck about me or where I came from.”

If that wasn't enough, Smith’s second story will leave you absolutely stunned. “Do you remember you told me, ‘Do you want me to tell you why you are really here?’ lol as if I didn’t know…again showing your superiority,” she added. “Let me remind you what you said in case you forgot! You told me to ‘LOOK in the MIRROR!’ [Camryn] told me she heard ‘they needed a sprinkle of color.’”

Bridges, on the other hand, wrote a statement to E! News and shared that Miller’s studio environment was incredibly hostile and Miller deliberately tried to paint Camryn as needy because of her race. “[Miller] tried to spin Camryn as being the poor one and there on scholarship. I shut that down immediately,” Camille alleged. “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.”

After Miller briefly served time in prison for concealing bankruptcy assets and failing to report an international monetary transaction, she came back to the dance studio. “When she returned, I looked at Camryn and told her we’re leaving,” Bridges added. “I didn’t care anymore about the ‘platform.’ I was done. The woman is a mess. She is incredibly two-faced. She would say the most terrible things on camera, then tell Camryn how she was better than the girls on the team, mainly the ones she trained. It was a traumatic experience that I wish on no one.”

Following these claims of racism, Miller posted an apology to her Instagram account claiming she was sorry for the things she said in the past.

Smith saw the apology and doesn’t accept it because she has yet to personally hear from Miller and as a result, thinks the apology is insincere.

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