Megyn Kelly trots out all-black panel and sheds crocodile tears as she apologizes for saying wearing blackface isn’t racist. Roland Martin and Amy Holmes were two of the black panelists on her show.
Kelly’s comments sparked a fierce backlash on social media after she claimed people wore blackface for Halloween when she was a kid and nothing was racist about it.
During her show on Tuesday, Kelly said: “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was O.K., as long as you were dressing up as a character.”
Um, clearly this woman’s ignorance is showing. Blackface was never okay. How about Kelly taking a deep dive on Google to learn about the origins of blackface? Minstrel shows ridiculed and exaggerated the features of blacks from the mid-1800s and beyond.
Here’s an excerpt from Kelly’s “tearful” apology:
‘Good morning, everyone. And welcome to the show. I’m Megyn Kelly. And I want to begin with two words – I’m sorry.
‘You may have heard that yesterday we had a discussion here about political correctness and Halloween costumes. And that conversation turned to whether it is ever okay for a person of one race to dress up as another, a black person making their face whiter or a white people making their skin darker, to make their costume complete. I said it seemed okay because it was part of a costume, but I was wrong and I’m sorry.
‘One of the great parts of getting to sit in this chair is getting to discuss points of view. Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen. Yesterday, I learned. I learned that the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country. It is not okay for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise.
‘I have never been a P.C. Kind of person. But I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity. This past year has been so painful for many people of color. The country feels so divided. And I have no wish to add to that pain and offense.
‘I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor. And I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen, too.’
By the way, yesterday she had an all-white panel — Jenna Bush Hager, Melissa Rivers and Jacob Soboroff — discussing blackface. Don’t be fooled into thinking she really, really regrets her comments. She apologized because she was forced to.
Megyn Kelly should slither back to the racist cesspool over at Fox News that she crawled out of. This isn’t the first time she went racist on her show. She previously claimed Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were white.