- Two Dance Mom alums and one former producer recently called Abby Lee Miller out for racist behavior.
- Abby issued an apology on Instagram, but she reportedly didn't reach out to the mothers directly.
Abby Lee Miller issued an apology on Friday, voicing her regret for her racist behavior towards mothers and daughters in her dance company and on the show Dance Moms.
"I genuinely understand and deeply regret how my words have effected and hurt those around me in the past, particularly those in the Black community. To Kamryn [Smith], Adriana [Smith], and anyone else I've hurt, I am truly sorry," she wrote.
"I realize that racism can come not just from hate, but also from ignorance," Abby continued. "No matter the cause, it is harmful, and it is my fault. While I cannot change the past or remove the harm I have done, I promise to educate myself, learn, grow, and do better. While I hope to one day earn your forgiveness, I recognize that words alone are not enough. I understand it takes time and genuine change."
The apology comes after Dance Mom alum, Adriana Smith called Abby out on Instagram. In a long post she detailed the alleged incidents that caused her to pull her seven-year-old daughter, Kamryn, from the show, including one time when Abby reportedly told Adriana that if she wanted to know why she and Kamryn were there, she should "look in the mirror."
After Adriana's post, a former producer on the show reportedly backed up Adriana's claims, writing in a post on Facebook that Kamryn was "treated so violently because of the color of her skin."
Camille Bridges, who was on season seven of Dance Moms along with her daughter Camryn also spoke out, emailing E! News about her own experiences with Abby. She reportedly said that "the environment [on the show] was extremely hostile." She also claimed that Abby "loves appropriating our culture and never appreciating it."
While Camille has not publicly commented on Abby's apology, Adriana has made it clear that she's not accepting it, saying it "was not sincere." In an Instagram post where she shared Abby's note, she wrote that she hasn't heard anything from Abby directly. Adriana also said that Abby did not tag her in the post, and she had to hear about the apology from friends.
"Her failure to appropriately address me and my daughter personally points to the fact that she is disingenuous," she wrote. "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."
Adriana said that if Abby was "truly sorry" she would have apologized a year ago. She ended her statement by saying, "So, no, I don’t accept her apology. I also fully support and standby Nia [Sioux], Camryn and Nicaya [Wiley] as well as any others who have been victims of racism at the hands of Abby Lee Miller or in the industry."
Many in the comments were confused why Abby didn't tag or even acknowledge the other young Black women she has worked with in the past, like Camryn or Nia Sioux, who was on the show for many seasons. Camryn commented on Adrianna's post, agreeing that the apology was insincere.
"Didn't even read it," she wrote. "I already know somebody else wrote that and she's somewhere saying we're over exaggerating and this and that...No thank you."
Abby Lee has not responded publicly to Adrianna and Camryn's comments.
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