One might think in the year 2018 it would be common knowledge that dressing in blackface, a well-documented caricature of people of color, is controversial, to say the least. Megyn Kelly needed a reminder.
In a roundtable on her talk show, Megyn Kelly TODAY, with Jenna Bush Hager, Jacob Soboroff, and Melissa Rivers, Kelly discussed how "political correctness has gone amok."
When the topic of coloring your face to look like a person of color came up, Kelly said, "Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween."
She then added, "Back when I was a kid that was okay, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.".
It didn't take long for people to provide Kelly with a reminder of why that's a problem.
@BuzzFeedNews Um...we all know it's wrong. All. Of. Us. These are the same ppl pissed off they can't use the N-word… https://t.co/JTV3rtmp1m— Monica (@Monica)1540321167.0
@BuzzFeedNews UFC. I'm 56 and it wasn't ok when I was a kid!!!!!— Shawn McCaughey (@Shawn McCaughey)1540336514.0
@BuzzFeedNews IMPEACH PRESIDENT NIXON! This is 1974, right? Nobody could possibly be talking about whether blackface is OK in 2018!— Braxton (@Braxton)1540310771.0
@BuzzFeedNews No, Megyn, it’s NEVER been ok.— 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊)1540331290.0
@BuzzFeedNews @megynkelly needs diversity, inclusion & sensitivity training! Cut all the apologizing and simply try to understand!— David Jenkins (@David Jenkins)1540340774.0
@BuzzFeedNews I’m older than she is, it was never okay where I grew up. At least it wasn’t okay in California.— Robbie (@Robbie)1540330567.0
@BuzzFeedNews What year does Kelly think she's living? 1890?— Allison Veit (@Allison Veit)1540329710.0
Some questioned why she had this opportunity in the first place.
@BuzzFeedNews @deray Why does NBC continue to support this show?— Ernesia Cribb (@Ernesia Cribb)1540312581.0
@BuzzFeedNews First off, .@megynkelly is not an informed journalist. Her racist rhetoric doesn’t belong anywhere an… https://t.co/oBGrL7vwMZ— JanetGorman 🌊 (@JanetGorman 🌊)1540323364.0
@BuzzFeedNews She thinks she’s being provocative. She’s so desperate for attention. Why does she still have a show?— VOTE 🗳November 6th 🧡 (@VOTE 🗳November 6th 🧡)1540327473.0
@BuzzFeedNews Wow, Megyn has a TV show??? Who knew!— Jim "I Go Pogo" Yoakum (@Jim "I Go Pogo" Yoakum)1540311618.0
@BuzzFeedNews After watching her show once I was appalled that she even has a show.— Katie Thompson (@Katie Thompson)1540330172.0
In a 2014 article, Jenée Desmond-Harris explained why blackface is offensive. She commented on Kelly's remarks.
In 2014 I explained why blackface is offensive. The latest news on the topic just goes to show that you can explain… https://t.co/p3RRA3RiuW— Jenée (@Jenée)1540311903.0
Later in the day, Kelly issued an apology via email to her colleagues, explaining, "I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep."
In an email sent to colleagues, NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly issued an apology Tuesday for her comments earlier in t… https://t.co/dc5gR2FQqs— NBC News (@NBC News)1540329999.0
Her email concluded with an acknowledgement for a need of sensitivity over racial issues, saying, "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. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year."