Megyn Kelly Defends Blackface in Segment Denouncing 'Politically Correct' Halloween

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Blackface as a Halloween costume may have only been a privately frowned-upon thing when Megyn Kelly was a kid (apparently sometime during the Reconstruction era?), but here's the thing about Things: They change.

During an October 23 panel discussion on "Megyn Kelly Today", Kelly and her guests (who included Melissa Rivers) weighed in on what costumes were and weren't appropriate for Halloween. "Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character", she added. She had dressed up as Diana Ross. "And I don't know, I thought like, 'Who doesn't love Diana Ross?' She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don't know how, like, that got racist on Halloween".

"But on Halloween?" Kelly asked.

No joke, she asked her panel "what is racist" about wearing blackface, and proceeded to make an argument that is quite stunning to hear in 2018.

"As parents, or even as the people creating costumes, we need to be very aware of what that says", one professor told the NYT. Kelly made it clear that she was against banning various costumes that others found offensive, including cowboys, dressing up like disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein, "anything Mexican-based", nuns and more.

Kelly's controversial comments came in a segment discussing Halloween costumes.

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If you find yourself asking the same question about blackface as Kelly, consider reading this Huffington Post essay written by Dr. David J. Leonard, a professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University.

Kelly then said: 'I can't keep up with the number of people we're offending just by being normal people these days'.

"I haven't seen it, but it sounds a little racist to me", Soboroff said. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year. This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honour, and I want to be part of that.

"If you think it's offensive, it probably is", Rivers responds.

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

The responses on Twitter suggest Kelly is out of her depth.

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