Megyn Kelly Doesn't Get "What Is Racist" About Blackface For Halloween Costumes

Megyn Kelly doesn’t understand why blackface Halloween costumes are offensive

Polite society members, aka "normal people", don't need the "PC police" to tell them what to do, said Rivers, who for some reason thought it pertinent to explain how her son really liked holding the plastic ax from his firefighter costume one year. Kelly, however, didn't understand Bravo viewers' outrage over the costume.

"I haven't seen it, but it sounds a little racist to me", Soboroff said.

"What is racist?" she asked somewhat rhetorically when she and the other white people on her panel were inexplicably charged with deciding what is and isn't offensive to Black people. To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up asDiana Ross to make herself look like this awesome woman as a way of honoring and respecting her? Students at the school moved to ban certain Halloween costumes this year, including Native Americans, priests and Mexicans. That's apparently been some rule for a long time.

An exasperated Kelly then gave an example, saying: 'You're not allowed to dress like Harvey Weinstein'.

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

"Isn't the whole objective of Halloween to dress up and pretend you're someone other than yourself?" she continued.

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. From lynchings to mass incarceration, whites have utilized blackface (and the resulting dehumanization) as part of its moral and legal justification for violence.

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The widespread use of blackface in America began in 19th century minstrel shows, and was used to stereotype and dehumanize black people.

Kelly has waded into racial matters before and generated controversy by doing so. "Blackface was NOT okay when we were kids", he tweeted.

W. Kamau Bell pointed out the dissonance between Kelly's past insistence that Santa Claus is white and her comments on blackface costume.

Kelly ended with, "I don't know". The thinking on blackface changed so long and conclusively ago, though, that it's jarring to hear the White Santas Only Lady pretend there's still a shred of ambiguity left.

Megyn Kelly during a recent episode of NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today".

"You can dress like an idiot, act like an idiot and actually dress and be racist, somebody should say something to somebody - but you should be able to dress like a moron", Soboroff said.

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