Abby Lee Miller Comes under Fire for Alleged Racist Remarks during 'Dance Moms' Filming
Abby Lee Miller has been accused of making racist remarks to one of the mothers of a past student. So far, two others have substantiated the claims.
In the wake of nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes, one former dance mom is sharing her story.
ABBY LEE MILLER CALLED OUT AS ALLEGED RACIST
In her caption, Smith said that now was the perfect time to share what happened to her. She also noted: "Call me naive, I thought with cancer and jail time maybe [Abby] had changed just a little bit."
Based on her allegations, this isn't the case at all. Over six slides, Smith recounted two specific incidents in which Miller showed racism against her and her daughter.
DEMEANING WORDS FROM 'DANCE MOM' STAR
One day, Miller allegedly told her, "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 statement, Smith said, clearly implied to her that Miller felt superior and doesn't care much for where Smith comes from. In the second incident, the reality star gave off the same belittling attitude.
She asked Smith if she knew why she and her daughter were really on the show. Miller then told her to look in the mirror. Later on, Kamryn told her mom she'd overheard someone say, "they need a sprinkle of color."
SMITH LEAVES THE SHOW AS A RESULT
This clearly suggested that the mother-daughter pair were only there because they were black — and not because of talent. A producer later asked Smith how that made her feel.
That's when the mother realized that she was no longer going to allow her daughter to be in an environment with such a racist person. Kamryn, then seven, was upset that she'd be leaving her friends.
THE PRODUCER AFFIRMS WHAT HAPPENED
She cried hard in front of her mom realizing that she wanted to go home, too. "People need to be held accountable not just for the injustices but for also being a closet racist," wrote Smith.
Following Smith speaking out, "Dance Moms" producer Kori King, who is also black, took to Facebook to react. She said that, in hindsight, she too should have left and stood up for Smith.
"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," E! News reports of her post. King was pregnant at the time.
ANOTHER MOM COMES FORWARD
The outlet further received an e-mail from another mom, Camille Bridges, who alleged that Miller also once tried to make it seem like Smith was at the dance institution on a scholarship.
"I shut that down immediately," Bridges claimed. She recalled how the moms were relieved when Miller left to go to prison for felony bankruptcy fraud. Bridges immediately left when Miller returned.
Towards the end of Miller's prison term, she was diagnosed with cancer and underwent spinal surgery that left her in a wheelchair. She further lost her hair due to chemotherapy.
MILLER'S RECENT HEALTH BATTLES
Over time, Miller learned to walk again by going to hour-long therapy two or three times a week. These days, she's using a walker to make her way around.
She's determined to walk on her own in the future. As for fixing the part of herself which allegedly falls short of having a sense of humanity, we're hoping she'll work on that, too.
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