Megyn Kelly Apologizes, Declares "History Of Blackface In Our Culture Is Abhorrent"

Megyn Kelly Apologizes, Declares

Celebrities are hitting back at Megyn Kelly for saying that she doesn't understand why blackface Halloween costumes are racist.

In today's edition, Megyn Kelly is wondering aloud, "But, what is racist?" about a white person darkening their skin and dressing up as a black person on a costume holiday.

She acknowledged that nowadays "you get in trouble" for being a white person who puts on blackface (her panel nodded in agreement) or the reverse (more nodding). And, I don't know, I felt like, who doesn't love Diana Ross?

"I haven't seen it either, but if she wanted to look like Diana Ross, she should have dressed as Michael Jackson", Rivers said, as the studio audience erupted in laughter.

On a roundtable about Halloween costumes on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today, Kelly lamented how back in her day, nobody got all offended about minstrelsy like these snowflake kids today.

"What is racist?" asked Kelly, cutting right to the point. "People said that that was racist!" But when you put shoe polish or whatever else on your skin to approximate what you think people of color look like, you are equating blackness with Otherness.

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.

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When "Black Panther" came onto the scene earlier this year, the New York Times openly pondered on whether or not white Americans should bar their children from dressing up as the iconic character for Halloween.

Kelly then said: 'I can't keep up with the number of people we're offending just by being normal people these days'. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year.

NBC News reporter Jacob Soboroff said freedom of expression should allow for both offensive costumes and consequences for those who wear them. You may have Megyn Kelly's seal of approval, but the majority of polite society has moved forward.

"Jesus was a white man, too".

Dear @megynkelly - you and I are approximately the same age. "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.

Twitter users including Padma Lakshmi and Patton Oswalt were quick to tell Kelly just how wrong she is.

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