It’s no secret that the girls of Dance Moms have had issues with Abby Lee Miller. But as it turns out, that dislike extends to the mothers as well. 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 out Abby Lee following her since-deleted #BlackoutTuesday post for treating them and their daughters poorly because of the color of their skin.
Adriana wrote a whole rant on her Instagram account, in which she claimed that Abby made many aggressive comments and once said that they only reason why she and her daughter were in her studio because they’re Black.
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“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.
Adriana 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 all together superior to ME! This shows that you don’t give a f*ck about me or where I came from.”
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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 #closetracist #callingherout #notsupportingracism #youdontcare
And if that wasn’t enough, Adriana’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!’ [Kamryn] told me she heard ‘they needed a sprinkle of color.'”
Camille, on the other hand, wrote a statement to E! News and shared that Abby’s studio environment was incredibly hostile, and that Abby deliberately tried to paint Camryn as needy because of her race. “[Abby] 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 Abby briefly served time in prison for concealing bankruptcy assets and failing reporting an international monetary transaction, she came back to the dance studio. “When she returned, I looked at Camryn and told her we’re leaving,” Camille 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, Abby Lee posted an apology to her Instagram account claiming that she was sorry for the things she said in the past.
Adriana saw the apology and doesn’t accept it because she has yet to personally hear from Abby Lee and as a result, thinks the apology is insincere.
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❌❌⁉️‼️🗣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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