Megyn Kelly Can't Understand What's So Offensive About Blackface: 'What Is Racist?'

NBC News 2018 State of the Union Coverage

NBC News 2018 State of the Union Coverage

Megyn Kelly faced backlash after questioning wether dressing in "blackface" on Halloween is racist.

"Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views", Kelly said, having previously missed this decades old conversation.

During discussion on her program this morning, seated with a panel, all white, the former Fox News Channel primetime star who famously insisted Santa Claus must be white, decided blackface Halloween costumes was a cause worth falling on her sword for. I'm guessing she didn't go trick-or-treating or attend parties far outside of the town she grew up in, DeWitt, NY, which even now is 90% white. "There are strict rules on what you may and may not wear, issued by someone who thinks they're the boss of you". "Isn't the whole objective of Halloween to dress up and pretend you're someone other than yourself?"

She added: "I feel like it's so absurd".

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

If you find yourself asking the same question about blackface as Kelly, consider reading this Huffington Post essay written by Dr. David J. Leonard, a professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University.

On "Megyn Kelly Today", the controversial TV personality held a roundtable discussion on offensive Halloween costumes, questioning whether a white person who puts on blackface - or a black person putting on whiteface - is truly racist. "When I was a kid that was okay as long as you were dressing up like a character".

Not everyone on the panel agreed with Kelly.

Guest host Melissa Rivers responded: "If you think it's offensive, it probably is. Normal people kind of know where that line is".

Later, 47-year-old Kelly doubled down by bringing up Real Housewives of NY cast member Luann de Lesseps, who faced backlash in April when, during the Bravo show's 10th season premiere, she attended a Halloween party dressed as legendary singer Diana Ross and sported noticeably darker skin. So social media users took it upon themselves to educate Megyn Kely about the errors of her apparently oblivious ways. She had dressed up as Diana Ross.

"As parents, or even as the people creating costumes, we need to be very aware of what that says", one professor told the NYT.

'I don't see how that is racist on Halloween, ' said Kelly.

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