"Late Night With Seth Meyers" Writer Scrutinizes Megyn Kelly's Racist Blackface Remarks

"Late Night With Seth Meyers" Writer Scrutinizes Megyn Kelly's Racist Blackface Remarks

The comments, which Kelly made on her show on Tuesday and has since apologized for, have furthered the tensions between her and her NBC News colleagues, The New York Times reports. 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's comments about blackface came earlier this week when she defended the use the act for Halloween costumes, and specifically cited the time Real Housewives of NY star Luann de Lesseps received backlash for dressing up as Diana Ross.

Kelly's fellow NBC hosts also condemned her comments during a segment on "Today" Wednesday morning, prior to her on-air apology.

"But what is racist?"

Charlie Chan was a racist character played by several white actors, including Oland, that used the worst stereotypes to depict Asian people. You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween.

The controversy erupted a day earlier, during a segment featuring a discussion with a panel entirely of white people, when Kelly said, "When I was a kid, that was OK, so long as you were dressing up as a character".

"I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry", Kelly told her audience. She was called out for donning a fake afro and darkening her skin for a Diana Ross costume.

We got Melissa Wednesday at LAX, the day after she was sitting right next to Megyn when she uncorked her remark that it was fine to wear blackface for Halloween.

Kelly opened Wednesday's show with a more honest apology than her initial statement. There are people on the right agreeing with this, saying she said something stupid, I don't think she said something stupid at all, I'm totally on her side.

She said she just "learned" about the racist roots of the practice "yesterday".

"I have never been a "PC" kind of person, but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity", she added.

Following the social media backlash over Kelly's statements, the famed weatherman demanded Kelly apologize to people of color before giving her a much-needed history lesson.

Has Kelly really not realized the wrong of her ways? "The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep". "I look forward to continuing that discussion".

"The costume police are cracking down like never before", she said, ridiculing a college that suggested wearing a cowboy outfit was inadvisable. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor, and I want to be a part of that. "I'm sorry, Megyn, you can't".

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