Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Megyn Kelly Doesn’t Understand ‘What Is Racist’ About Dressing In Blackface

Megyn Kelly Doesn’t Understand ‘What Is Racist’ About Dressing In Blackface

She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. "Isn't the whole objective of Halloween to dress up and pretend you're someone other than yourself?"

Kelly went on to say that on Halloween, "you've got guys with fake axes coming out of their heads".

Never. Blackface is never okay, Megyn. "Back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as a character". "You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person that puts on whiteface for Halloween".

"People said that that was racist", Kelly marveled.

"If you think it's offensive, it probably is", Rivers responded, adding that "normal people kind of know where that line is". This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that.

Speaking on TODAY with her fellow panelists Melissa Rivers, Jenna Bush Hager, and guest host Jacob Soboroff, the former Fox News host commented on the controversy surrounding "Real Housewives of New York" star Luann de Lesseps, who actually darkened her skin previous year as part of her Diana Ross costume.

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She got a round of applause for that comment, and called colleges discouraging students from wearing stereotypical costumes "absurd". From lynchings to mass incarceration, whites have utilized blackface (and the resulting dehumanization) as part of its moral and legal justification for violence.

Kelly has waded into racial matters before and generated controversy by doing so.

Others recalled when Kelly made headlines in 2013 for stating it is "historical fact" that Jesus Christ, a man born in the Middle East, was white, adding that Father Christmas is too. When she was still at Fox News, Megyn flipped after reading a piece from Slate that said Santa could be black. The thinking on blackface changed so long and conclusively ago, though, that it's jarring to hear the White Santas Only Lady pretend there's still a shred of ambiguity left. "Blackface was NOT okay when we were kids", he wrote, appearing to refer to backlash he received for wanting to dress as black comedian Nipsey Russell.

Watch the uncomfortable Megyn Kelly Today segment above.

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