Megyn Kelly Defends Blackface on Network Television
NBC News host Megyn Kelly brought out a panel of (all white) commentators on Tuesday morning to discuss a topic that always garners a lot of attention this time of year: politically correct Halloween costumes.
“Political correctness has gone amok,” she stated, welcoming the opinions of NBC correspondents Jenna Bush Hager, Jacob Soboroff, and actress and former Fashion Police member Melissa Rivers.
Rivers mentioned that defining the line between offensive and politically correct really shouldn’t be that difficult. "If you think it's offensive, it probably is, and one of my big complaints with society right now is whatever happened to just manners and polite society? ... Normal people kind of know where that line is."
Kelly, 47, formerly an anchor for the conservative-leaning Fox News, asked her guests, “But what is racist?” Pointing out that neither white nor black people can change the color of their skin without receiving flak. “You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face,” she said. “That was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing up as a character.”
Kelly used Real Housewives of New York’s Luann de Lesseps as an example, referencing her controversial Diana Ross costume. “I don’t see how that is racist on Halloween,” Kelly said.
Soboroff and Hager disagreed, noting that while they hadn’t seen Lesseps’s costume, it sounded rather racist.
Social media users tended to disagree with Kelly as well:
Halloween certainly is shaping up to be frightful this year.