Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Megyn Kelly apologizes for defending blackface Halloween costumes

Megyn Kelly apologizes for defending blackface Halloween costumes

She wrote, in part, "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".

Megyn Kelly's Today show colleagues did not hold back when addressing her inexcusable defense of blackface.

Shortly after, Kelly appeared on her show to apologize, using numerous same sentiments she expressed in her written apology.

"But what is racist?"

On Tuesday's episode of the show, during a conversation surrounding universities banning certain Halloween costumes, Kelly brought up the issue of people getting slammed for using blackface on Halloween. When the subject of racist costumes came up, Kelly asked, "But what is racist?" and added when she was growing up, blackface was OK "as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character". She questioned why it had been considered racist when a character on "The Real Housewives of New York" darkened her skin for a Diana Ross costume.

Later, Kelly began her broadcast by saying, "I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry". "But I think a lot of people knew about blackface before yesterday".

Kelly apologized in an internal email and on her Wednesday show for questioning why wearing blackface would be offensive, but that mishap may just have been the proverbial last straw for Kelly's up-and-down run as host of "Megyn Kelly Today". I thought, like, who doesn't love Diana Ross?

The host experienced public wrath on Tuesday after she suggested blackface may not be all that racist when used on Halloween.

I've never been a "pc" kind of person - but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age.

This week Megyn Kelly learned the hard way that sometimes a fake apology just isn't gonna cut it, especially when you're a repeat offender. The country feels so divided, and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense.

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. "To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up as Diana Ross to make herself look like this unbelievable woman as a way of honoring and respecting her?"

The controversy isn't Kelly's first since she started her talk show at Today. She said something stupid.

"I was wrong", she told viewers. "She said something indefensible".

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