Megyn Kelly 'Apologizes' for On-Air 'Blackface' Comment
Megyn Kelly, host of her own daytime talk show on NBC, apologized to colleagues on Tuesday after she made comments defending racist Halloween costumes, specifically blackface, which prompted her to be immediately slammed on social media.
Blackface is an extremely offensive form of makeup used predominantly by white performers to create a caricature of Black people. It’s also built into the fabric of the United States’ racist history.
Kelly, along with three other panel guests, Melissa Rivers, Jenna Bush Hager and Jacob Soboroff, had a roundtable discussion on Halloween costumes that were now deemed offensive.
Kelly then posed the question: “What is racist”
“Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a Black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid that was okay, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character,” she continued.
Kelly even tried to justify the statement by bringing up Luann de Lesseps, a star on “The Real Housewives of New York.”
She stated: “There was a controversy on ‘The Real Housewives of New York’ with Luann, and she dressed as Diana Ross, and she made her skin look darker than it really is and people said that that was racist. And I don’t know, I felt like who doesn’t love Diana Ross She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween.”
Ironically, Rivers mentioned how it would be offensive and politically incorrect to dress up like a Nazi and Kelly seemed to be in agreement with her. Because dressing up like the monsters who killed six million Jews as well as thousands of Blacks in Germany would be offensive. And delving even deeper into the Pre-Holocaust history, the Germans came up with their murderous torture tactics used on Jews, in Africa, some 50-75 years prior.
Of course, the former Fox News reporter wouldn’t understand what would be considered racist when it comes to the history of Blacks in this country. She, proudly, worked for the bigoted news network for 12 years — only resigning when Donald Trump became President of the United States. Not because Fox News is problematic. Kelly participated daily in the degradation of people of color on the notoriously racist network.
Kelly sent an internal communication to her colleagues after, miraculously, seeing the error of her ways saying:
“Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views. I’ve never been a ‘pc’ kind of person — but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year. This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. I look forward to continuing that discussion.”
Basically, she still believes that she is right but now she will keep her mouth closed. Do that, Megyn.