Megyn Kelly apologizes for comments about blackface

Calvin Saunders
October 25, 2018

Megyn Kelly has issued a response to her extremely controversial comments about blackface made this week during her hour of the Today show.

"The fact is while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country", Roker said on the show, a day after Kelly apologized in a memo to NBC colleagues for wondering why blackface in Halloween costumes was considered racist.

Both meteorologist and host Al Roker and news anchor Craig Melvin sharply rebuked Kelly's comments on Tuesday, when she asked why white people dressing up in blackface was inappropriate.

"But what is racist?" "I'm old enough to have lived through "Amos "n" Andy" where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters and just magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people".

The segment in question saw Kelly defending Real Housewives of NY star Luann de Lessep's Diana Ross Halloween costume, saying, "Who doesn't love Diana Ross?". She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day.

Kelly's offensive remarks about blackface Halloween costumes on Tuesday have raised more questions about her future at NBC.

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He added, "I think that "Nightly" covered the story well ... appropriately so", and that the "Today" "team did an excellent job covering it properly ..." "And people said that was racist, and I don't know".

"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.

These statements earned the ire of many on social media, including Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi, The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr., Patton Oswalt, and Kelly's NBC colleague Seth Meyers.

"I was wrong", she told viewers. "The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep".

"By the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white", she said before bringing Jesus into the discussion for good measure. "She said something indefensible". "I look forward to continuing that discussion". "I'm sorry, Megyn, you can't".

The most interesting thing about the fallout was how many people at her own network, even her own show, leaped to stomp her over it. "I did understand the idea of: 'But I love this character!" I don't know of many black people who are trying to be white people for Halloween or dressing up as white people but I know a lot of people who do it as black people...

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