Host of NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today Megyn Kelly thinks wearing blackface on Halloween is perfectly acceptable and not at all racist. During her show on Tuesday, Kelly asked her guests Jenna Bush Hager, Jacob Soboroff, and Melissa Rivers, “What is racist?” (Oof.) She continued, “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long as you were dressing as a character.”
Let’s just be clear: It was never okay to wear blackface. Even when Kelly was a kid, which was, relatively speaking, not so very long ago.
But Kelly wasn’t done digging her own grave, and went on, bringing up the time RHONY Luann deLesseps dressed as Diana Ross.
“There was a controversy on ‘The Real Housewives of New York’ with Luann, as she dressed as Diana Ross and she made her skin look darker than it really is. People said that was racist! And I don’t know, like, I thought, 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.”
Soboroff, an NBC News reporter, said he hadn’t seen deLessep’s costume, but stated: “It sounds a little racist to me.” Jenna Bush Hager (the daughter of former President George W. Bush) also said she thought it sounded racist.
But that didn’t change Kelly’s mind about the costume. “I can’t keep up with the number of people that we’re offending just by being normal people,” Kelly said. Yikes.
Kelly might not be able to “keep up with” people being offended, but Twitter also stepped in to help explain things, although whether she actually listened is anyone’s guess.
Dear @megynkelly — you and I are approximately the same age. Blackface was NOT okay when we were kids. Take it from a big-hearted boy who just wanted to show his love for Nipsey Russell on the worst Halloween of my life. https://t.co/pnsk0WmuTw
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 23, 2018
Because @megynkelly: minstrelsy is the basis for the coining of the term “Jim Crow” laws which served to humiliate & target Black Americans. Because caricaturing another race perpetuates the dehumanization of POC who are being killed & jailed at a disproportionate rate in the US https://t.co/xk2RAr2Kxq
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 23, 2018
I gotta say, Megyn Kelly looks pretty good for someone born in 1907 https://t.co/5843CjnOb8— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) October 23, 2018
The only time Megyn Kelly would have a problem with blackface is if the person is also dressed as Santa Claus https://t.co/LfObbMDVfU— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) October 23, 2018
Megyn Kelly is what happens when you leave your Tomi Lahren in the sun for too long.— Imani Gandy Corn ? (@AngryBlackLady) October 23, 2018
This is (surprise!) not the first time Megyn Kelly has gotten backlash for her backward ideas about race. In 2013, while she was at Fox News, Kelly said that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white.
h/t The Hill