Published: Tue, October 23, 2018

Megyn Kelly doesn't understand why blackface is racist

Megyn Kelly doesn't understand why blackface is racist

Megyn Kelly, who famously lost her sh*t over the idea that fictional character Santa Claus could possibly be black, has yet another awful take when it comes to costumes and black people.

She acknowledged that nowadays "you get in trouble" for being a white person who puts on blackface (her panel nodded in agreement) or the reverse (more nodding). "When I was a kid that was okay as long as you were dressing up like a character". In an uncomfortable turn, Kelly seemed to defend blackface, saying that "it was okay" when she was young.

"What is racist?" she questioned.

How scary costumes are similar to blackface - a form of makeup used by nonblack theatrical performers before the civil rights movement largely succeeded in redefining it as a form of oppression - remains unclear. "Normal people kind of know where that line is".

This is not a "PC" issue, and continuing to frame it as such implies the controversy is whipped up and not generated by very real offense.

She then pointed to the decision by Real Housewives of NY star Luann de Lesseps to recently darken her features while dressing as Diana Ross.

"You're not allowed to dress like Harvey Weinstein", Kelly said.

"People said that was racist and, I don't know I felt like...who doesn't love Diana Ross, she wants to look like Diana Ross for one day", said Kelly.

"I haven't seen it, but it sounds a little racist to me", Soboroff said in response. Kelly and the audience (with the exception of a few black women behind Kelly) laughed uproariously, while Soboroff shook his head and Bush Hager looked on silently. "Take it from a big-hearted boy who just wanted to show his love for Nipsey Russell on the worst Halloween of my life".

Kelly has received backlash on social media for her comments. "Why does this have to be explained to this person?" writer Karen Hunter wrote.

Kelly did not specify if she meant it was appropriate to simply cosplay as Diana Ross or to darken one's skin as part of that cosplay; the latter being completely out-of-bounds whether the person is black or white.

"You can take the host out of Fox Mews but you can't take the Fox News out of the host", wrote the New York Times national politics reporter Astead Wesley.

Heidi Moore weighed in by tweeting: 'I literally can not imagine a bigger nightmare than 4 white people in aggressively orange makeup trying to derive among themselves why blackface is offensive.

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