Twitter Explodes After Megyn Kelly Asks ‘What Is Racist’ About White People Wearing Blackface On Halloween

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.

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


Written by Dean

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.