Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Joy Behar Darkened Skin To Dress As 'African Woman' For Halloween

Joy Behar Darkened Skin To Dress As 'African Woman' For Halloween

The image of a 29-year-old Behar wearing makeup meant to darken her skin was aired on "The View" back in 2016 when the panel discussed the resurgence of naturally curly hair.

"In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song", Herring said in his statement.

In a 2016 episode of "The View", Joy Behar showed this photo of herself from a 1970s-era Halloween party.

The audience and fellow co-hosts were demonstrably taken aback at how drastically different Behar looked, some of them giggling.

At the time, the crowd and her co-hosts seemed to enjoy the blast from the past, but former cast member Raven Simone poked a bit of fun at the inappropriate moment. "[Behar] clearly stated she put on makeup darker than her skin for a "beautiful African woman" Halloween costume".

ABC News' "The View" co-host Joy Behar remained stone silent Thursday regarding old footage of her donned in blackface that was unearthed this week as similar images have caused outrage and derailed careers. Raven-Symoné - who is black - continues her gentle ribbing of Behar, asking, "Are you my auntie, Joy?" and "Did you have tanning lotion on, Joy?"

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Behar, now 76, explained that the picture was snapped at a Halloween party where she dressed up as a "beautiful African woman" and stressed that the hair was actually haira.

"You mean blackface?" Symoné responded. She said she wore darker makeup and went as a "beautiful African woman".

"Joy. Joy. Joy", she continued.

Northam later insisted he wasn't in the photo.

This week, Virginia's governor and attorney general are being criticizedfor their use of blackface. The curly hair was all her own. "Joy, are you black?"

Behar showed the photo on The View in 2016 during a segment talking about the resurgence of natural hair.

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