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.
Some questioned why she had this opportunity in the first place.
In a 2014 article, Jenée Desmond-Harris explained why blackface is offensive. She commented on Kelly's remarks.
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."
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."