If you ever wondered why former Fox News star Megyn Kelly has had a hard time attracting an audience as an NBC morning talk show host, look no further than this Tuesday morning segment.
In a segment about culturally offensive Halloween costumes that featured an all-white panel including the daughters of George W. Bush and Joan Rivers, Kelly appeared absolutely baffled over why white people donning blackface was such a big deal. She also seemed to believe that black folks wearing “whiteface” was seen as equally offensive.
“What is racist?” Kelly asked the panel. “Truly, you do get in trouble if you’re 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 OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”
After Melissa Rivers noted that “polite society” seems to know where the lines are drawn — such as dressing up as a Nazi — Kelly then brought up an instance where a white ‘Real Housewives’ cast member dressed as Diana Ross.
“She dressed as Diana Ross, and she tried to make her skin look darker than it really is -— and people said that was racist,” Kelly huffed. “And, I don’t know, I felt 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.”
Needless to say, Kelly took a lot of heat online over her comments and segment, especially as it seemed to harken back to her Fox News days when she asserted that Santa Claus is white and devoted wall-to-wall breathless coverage fearmongering over the New Black Panthers.
Megyn Kelly should understand Halloween because most days she is a clown in public. https://t.co/MbH3iQoYUw
— Alex Edelman (@AlexEdelman) October 23, 2018
Reasons to keep a saved search for the word "blackface" being said on TV:
1. You just never know when Megyn Kelly's going to trip and fall into a bucket of racism. pic.twitter.com/V1HBkpwyWV
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) October 23, 2018
Megyn Kelly show Producer: Who can we get to talk intelligently about blackface at Halloween?
Other MK producer who clearly DGAF: How about the daughters of Joan Rivers and George W. Bush?!
First producer, cracking open a Fireball: Perfect. https://t.co/4GsvR4mbuB
— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) October 23, 2018
Don't you love how Megyn Kelly:
1) Thinks Black Face is the same as if a Black person put on make up to look white. Power dynamics? Meh.
2) Says that it was okay to do that when she was a kid.
Megyn? It was never okay. That's your white privilege talking.
— Elon James White (@elonjames) October 23, 2018
I thought this might have been an exaggeration, but no, Megyn Kelly is really doing a “I don’t see what’s so offensive about blackface” https://t.co/xtECr43UMg
— jamelle g-g-ghoulie 👻 (@jbouie) October 23, 2018
On top of everything else that is batshit insane about this clip, Megyn Kelly, apparently, thinks blackface and "whiteface" (I swear, she says this is something black people do and white people get offended by) are equally common and equally offensive. https://t.co/NJVlocibL3
— Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) October 23, 2018
Watch the clip above, via NBC News.
[H/T Tommy Christopher]