We bet Al Roker didn’t think his career would include schooling someone on blackface in 2018, but alas, here we are and class is in session.
It all started when Kelly couldn’t quite understand why donning blackface on Halloween was offensive. It’s just a costume, right? Wrong! Kelly conveniently let out the storied history of degradation and demonizing that comes along with blackface. Blatant racism is inherent in blackface — even on Halloween.
Megyn Kelly wonders what the big deal is about blackface pic.twitter.com/07yvYDuAYe
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) October 23, 2018
AL ROKER SCHOOLS
Thankfully, the issue was addressed on The Today Show as Al Roker enlightened Megan on the issue at hand and demanded an apology for people of color. “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.” Today co-anhor Craig Melvin also chimed in saying that cries of “political correctness run amok” were “silly” and “disingenuous” and “just as ignorant and racist as the statement itself.”
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
MEGYN KELLY APOLOGIZES
And as Roker suggested she do, Kelly apologized after the heat of backlash began to burn far too much.
“I want to begin with two words, I’m sorry..The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor..Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too.” Megyn Kelly pic.twitter.com/6hHrvZLNvK
— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) October 24, 2018
Unfortunately, Megan isn’t the only who thought blackface was a-ok. These stars also seemed to be a bit confused about their blatant racism.
In 2012 video surfaced of a 2004 school fundraiser featuring Hanks and another man wearing blackface and stereotypical African clothing. Apparently, some type of skit was involved. The Oscar-winning actor later condemned the bit as “horribly offensive.”
Hough wanted to be Orange Is The New Black character Crazy Eyes for Halloween. She ended up just being crazy offensive.
Danson appeared at a N.Y. Friars Club Roast in 1993 wearing blackface makeup to perform an offensive N-word-filled comedy routine — his date for the evening? Girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg.
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