"Today" show host Al Roker on Wednesday called out NBC colleague Megyn Kelly for defending blackface Halloween costumes. 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.
"The fact is, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the county", Roker stated.
"But what is racist?"
"Some people said that was racist", she said. "Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as a character".
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HuffPost reports the blackface discussion revolved around Real Housewives of NY cast member Luann de Lesseps.
"This isn't the first time Kelly has come under fire for comments about race", Holt said before playing a clip of her making offensive statements during her tenure at Fox News. To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up asDiana Ross to make herself look like this wonderful woman as a way of honoring and respecting her? "It's not racist on Halloween".
The news comes just after THR reported that the cast of Netflix's House of Cards decided last minute to pull out of their scheduled appearance on Wednesday's Megyn Kelly Today after her controversial blackface comments.
He added, "I think that "Nightly" covered the story well ... appropriately so", and that the "Today" "team did an excellent job covering it properly ... That's silly and it's disingenuous and it's just as ignorant and racist as the statement itself", said Melvin. Talk of the move was growing before this week, when Kelly wondered why "you get in trouble if you. put on blackface". The country feels so divided, and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense.
The outcry on social media was swift, and Kelly was forced to apologize later in the day. "The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep". "And yesterday, I learned", Kelly continued. "She said something indefensible". I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity, and honor. "I'm about to tell you why we should very, very much dress up in blackface, or whiteface, or any other damn thing we please". "Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry".