Melissa Rivers Reacts to Megyn Kelly's 'Blackface' Apology

Melissa Rivers Reacts to Megyn Kelly's 'Blackface' Apology

Megyn Kelly opened her show Wednesday morning reading a prepared apology after defending blackface Halloween costumes on Tuesday - a segment which resulted in immediate backlash. It read in part, "L$3 istening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views".

"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.

This all goes back to the criticism that has followed Kelly since she first signed her massive $69 million contract with NBC after becoming a star at Fox News. "What is racist?" Kelly asked.

"I'm old enough to have lived through Amos and Andy, where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters just magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people, and that's what the big problem is, that's what the issue is". To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up asDiana Ross to make herself look like this fantastic woman as a way of honoring and respecting her? "I don't know how that got racist on Halloween". 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. "I have not seen it, but it sounds a little racist to me", he said.

"I've never been a PC person, but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity", Kelly added. Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen, and yesterday I learned. Well, I was wrong.

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"The costume police are cracking down like never before", she said, ridiculing a college that suggested wearing a cowboy outfit was inadvisable. "I look forward to continuing that discussion".

I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry.

Many observers were aghast at Kelly's comments, and some noted that the panel did not include a single person of color.

"Jesus was a white man, too", she said at the time. "And Megyn Kelly, I know you apologized, I hear you, but the thing is, if you brand yourself a reporter, I think it's really important that you still stay educated about the issues that are happening today". "I did understand the idea of: 'But I love this character!"

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