On Tuesday morning's episode of Megyn Kelly Today - during a panel featuring all white people - Kelly defended the idea of white folks dressing in blackface for Halloween, asking "what is racist?" about such an act.
Later, Kelly brought up the issue of some using blackface for their Halloween costumes and getting slammed for it. I mean, truly, political correctness has gone amok. Take a look at what some how say is now an offensive costume, ' stated Kelly.
The Top Chef host then made a decision to educate Kelly herself, writing: 'Because @megynkelly: minstrelsy is the basis for the coining of the term "Jim Crow" laws which served to humiliate & target Black Americans.
'That was okay when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character'. 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.
"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?"
Still, everyone seemed to agree with Rivers when she said, "If you think it's offensive, it probably is". To her, "normal" people = white.
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While I don't want to suggest it's ever too late for someone to finally become attuned to the struggles of others, it's ridiculous to posit this as the day Megyn Kelly finally learned about racism. She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day.
But on Tuesday she reminded everyone she's still the same pundit who argued Santa Claus should always be white.
"As parents, or even as the people creating costumes, we need to be very aware of what that says", one professor told the NYT.
"There was a controversy on The Real Housewives of NY with Luann, as she dressed as Diana Ross and she made her skin look darker than it really is", Kelly said on Tuesday.
"I haven't seen it, but it sounds a little racist to me", Soboroff said.
"For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white", she said to wrap up the segment that caused outrage, just as we assume her thoughts on blackface will.
Padma Lakshmi decried Kelly's "ignorance" and called her comments "damaging".