United States talk host Megyn Kelly sparks backlash with 'blackface' comments

Megyn Kelly during a recent episode of NBC's

Megyn Kelly during a recent episode of NBC's"Megyn Kelly Today

Megyn Kelly on Tuesday caught heat on social media once again, this time, for comments she made during "Megyn Kelly Today" about dressing up in blackface for Halloween.

On "Megyn Kelly Today", the controversial TV personality held a roundtable discussion on offensive Halloween costumes, questioning whether a white person who puts on blackface - or a black person putting on whiteface - is truly racist. During a Fox News segment in 2013 about Santa Claus being depicted as a race other than white, she said, "Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change. I don't know how that got racist on Halloween", Megyn said.

No matter how much you want to be Diana Ross for Halloween, as Megyn used as an example (recalling a controversy when RHONY star Luann deLesseps dressed as the star), it's off limits.

We won't even get into how NBC canceled a morning show hosted by Tamron Hall and Al Roker so that the network could reward Kelly with a $69 million contract that has resulted in low ratings. "The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep", Kelly wrote.

Actor Patton Oswalt took to Twitter to disagree with Kelly, saying blackface was "NOT okay" when they were kids, which she claimed.

Roland Martin said that having a black person on the panel would have helped Kelly understand why blackface is wrong.




Attempting to bolster her point, Kelly argued that Halloween is always going to be "jarring" because "you have guys running around with fake axes coming out of their head". Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year.

"If you think it's offensive, it probably is", panelist Melissa Rivers weighed in, seeming to counter Kelly's stance, before veering into the topic of manners and polite society. I look forward to continuing that discussion.

"But it sounds a little racist to me", Soboroff said.

Many suggested that dressing up to imitate African Americans stopped being acceptable in the 1950s, and questioned whether it had been appropriate when Kelly was a child.

"When Megyn Kelly reminds you why she was so popular on Fox News..." another wrote. 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.

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

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