Race & Identity
Al Roker Schools Colleague Megyn Kelly After Inane Commentary On Blackface
Kelly went full ignoramus when discussing blackface during a Tuesday morning panel.
Longtime NBC anchor Al Roker schooled colleague Megyn Kelly after she went full ignoramus when discussing blackface during a Tuesday morning panel on Megyn Kelly Today.
The all-white roundtable ignited controversy when the former Fox News host defended the use of blackface during Halloween.
HuffPost reports the blackface discussion revolved around Real Housewives of New York cast member Luann de Lesseps. She was called out for donning a fake afro and darkening her skin for a Diana Ross costume.
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“When I was a kid, that was OK, so long as you were dressing up as a character,” Kelly, who was born in 1970, said on her show Tuesday.
Following the social media backlash over Kelly's statements, the famed weatherman demanded Kelly apologize to people of color before giving her a much-needed history lesson.
“I’m old enough to have lived through ‘Amos and Andy,’ where you had white people in blackface playing Black characters, magnifying the worst stereotypes about Black people and that’s what the big problem is. It goes back to the 1930s when Warner Oland played Charlie Chan; it’s not right.”
Al Roker on Megyn Kelly’s blackface apology: “While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is a history going back to the 1830s. Minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right.” pic.twitter.com/nt7YhCRU18— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 24, 2018'
Kelly opened Wednesday's show with a more sincere apology than her initial statement.
“I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry,” Kelly said during the telecast of Megyn Kelly Today. “You may have heard yesterday that we had a discussion here. ... I defended the idea that as long as it was respectable and part of the Halloween costume, it seemed OK. Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry.”
Yes, you are.
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