'Sounds about white': Megyn Kelly blasted for defending blackface

Calvin Saunders
October 24, 2018

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

"In Slate, they have a piece on dot com, "Santa Claus should not be a white man anymore" and when I saw this headline, I kind of laughed and I said, 'Oh, this is so ridiculous, yet another person claiming it's racist to have a white Santa, '" she said.

On "Today", Kelly sought to expand her stance, musing about a recent controversy on "The Real Housewives of NY".

Some called on NBC to cancel the Megyn Kelly show, writing "this is not only tone deaf, she's flat out racist". Not even with saying maybe don't dress like an actual Nazi because you think it's a fun joke. That's apparently been some rule for a long time. "I mean, isn't the objective of Halloween to dress up and pretend you're something other than yourself?"

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Kelly didn't stop at blackface. "On Halloween you've got guys running around with fake axes coming out of their head. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep". From lynchings to mass incarceration, whites have utilized blackface (and the resulting dehumanization) as part of its moral and legal justification for violence.

To be clear, blackface has its roots firmly planted in American racism, including and especially minstrel shows back in the 19th century that featured white actors who painted their faces black to act like slaves and newly freed Black people. What she really means is that she grew up in the 1970s, before social media, in an overwhelmingly white NY suburb, so she never had to listen to the opinions of anyone who might give her insight into why blackface was never okay.

"I can't keep up with the number of people we're offending just by being, like, normal people these days", Kelly said. "Blackface was NOT okay when we were kids", he wrote, appearing to refer to backlash he received for wanting to dress as black comedian Nipsey Russell. The thinking on blackface changed so long and conclusively ago, though, that it's jarring to hear the White Santas Only Lady pretend there's still a shred of ambiguity left.

"Megyn Kelly is proof that being book smart doesn't prevent you from being an ignorant moron!" on Twitter user wrote. Kelly mused during a conversation about universities encouraging students to not wear "offensive" costumes, "what is racist?" "You can dress like an idiot, act like an idiot, and actually dress and be a racist - then somebody should say something to somebody".

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