Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Megyn Kelly Tearfully Apologizes to Viewers After Defending Blackface in Halloween Costumes

Megyn Kelly Tearfully Apologizes to Viewers After Defending Blackface in Halloween Costumes

Fellow NBC anchors Al Roker and Craig Melvin railed against Megyn Kelly for the "stupid" and "indefensible" blackface remarks she made during Tuesday's "Megyn Kelly Today" show. She wrote, in part, "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".

Megyn Kelly began her NBC show on Wednesday with an emotional apology.

Martin, who on Tuesday said that having a black person on Kelly's panel would have helped her understand why blackface is wrong, said, "There are lines, and there's history, and there's pain".

"But what is racist?"

Kelly also stated, "What is racist?"

On her show about 90 minutes later, Kelly invited TV hosts Roland Martin and Amy Holmes to have a further discussion about the history of blackface, and just how offensive it is to consider that as a Halloween costume. "Back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

Although she later issued an apology to her "friends and teammates" at NBC News, Roker and others still could not believe the remarks were made in the first place. for her remarks via email.

On Tuesday morning's episode of Megyn Kelly Today, the former Fox News host said darkening white skin was fine "as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

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I want to talk about this thing with Megyn Kelly - if you haven't heard about this, she went on her show and they were discussing Halloween costumes, and of course I'm not joking, the left just wants to suck the joy out of everything we do, everything is problematical, everything has to be reconsidered, everything has to be looked at in the light of their woke, brilliant righteousness. And absent from the discussion was any mention of the ugly history of blackface, a tradition spanning centuries meant to perpetuate racist stereotypes.

I'm honored to work with all of you every day.

"So, I guess it was an opportunity for us to learn a little bit more about blackface, but I think a lot of people knew about blackface before yesterday", Melvin said.

What did Kelly say during Wednesday's show?

"The costume police are cracking down like never before", she said, ridiculing a college that suggested wearing a cowboy outfit was inadvisable. "It's racist every day", Ruffin said.

Kelly added, "I was wrong and I am sorry". "Who doesn't love Diana Ross?".

She added that "The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep".

The all-white roundtable ignited controversy when the former Fox News host defended the use of blackface during Halloween. I look forward to continuing that discussion. This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that.

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