Julianne Hough’s Instagram Picture Causes Serious Controversy (Photo)

Julianne Hough’s Instagram Picture Causes Serious Controversy (Photo)

“Dancing With The Stars” alumnus Julianne Hough sparked controversy for what many believe was an inappropriate Instagram photo.

Hough posted a photo on Instagram of her brother, Derek Hough, with his back turned, standing at their grandfather’s open casket funeral. The casket was covered in an American flag.


The photo received more than 67,000 likes, though most of the 1,019 comments were negative. Many commenters criticized Hough for using “poor judgement” in posting a photo they felt was “morbid,” Yahoo Celebrity reported.

“Why would you post such a personal family moment on social media,” Instagram user geriferrara wrote. “Poor choice.”

“What’s wrong with you @juleshough This is morbid. Why you ever think this is proper?” another user asked.

“Why do we have to post everything on social media?? When I’m at a funeral of someone I love I’m too overcome with Grief to do something like this just so others can see it??” user cynthiaboyd92 added.

Hough’s grandfather was Idaho radio host Robert Virgil Hough. Though Hough had made several tributes to her grandfather on social media, many felt the casket photo was over the line.

Lifestyles and etiquette expert Elaine Swann said she believes the photo wasn’t necessarily too far for the entertainer.

“Social media has got us in an oversharing stage. It really does,” Swann told Yahoo Celebrity. “In my opinion, when we post, we really have to be concerned about those who are going to view it and how they might feel about what we have posted.”

“Etiquette is about putting people at ease,” she added.

“You should not post things that are going to make people uncomfortable. Not only intimate parts of your life but areas such as this — death. You don’t know what kinds of memories a post like this could trigger for someone else. It could be upsetting.”

Sources: Yahoo Celebrity, Julianne Hough/Instagram / Photo credit: Julianne Hough/Instagram

7 thoughts on “Julianne Hough’s Instagram Picture Causes Serious Controversy (Photo)

  1. Honey, that was a precious moment to be treasured. Don’t let the critics get you down. It wasn’t as if you showed his face. Forget about the negative people for one day they too shall be where you are and who’s to say they won’t be the one taking a photo to remember. It was very tasteful in my opinion and one which will bring great comfort to your family in the years to come. God bless your family during this time of sorrow.

  2. I don’t find anything wrong with it. I use to be shocked when alot of people in the south. took pictures of their dead relatives at the funeral home, so that someone that didn’t make the funeral could view them.I don’t do this, but it isn’t what I grew up seeing.As far as this photo, it doesn’t show the person that died really,so why does it matter? Im sure alot of people are offended as usual but why?

  3. I am shocked every day by inappropriate or personal jokes and comments people choose to post, what one person may find funny, another will not. Fortunately, you can quickly scroll right past the content and move along. Nothing in this photo seems malicious or inappropriate. If the content up sets you, don’t read it! Move on.

  4. Years ago I took a photo of a dead man in his casket….for his crippled son who couldn’t go to the funeral home….he treasured that photo for the rest of his life !!

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