Al Roker is responding to trolls who do not understand why blackface is offensive a week after NBC canceled the time of his colleague Megyn Kelly. Today Show about your comments on the subject.
For him Today Halloween broadcast of the program on Wednesday, all hosts wore costumes from the 80s and the weather presenter dressed Return to the futureDr. Emmet Brown (a.k.a. Doc Brown), played by actor Christopher Lloyd.
After some viewers questioned the black journalist's decision to disguise himself as a character in the film played by a Caucasian actor, Roker tweeted a simple explanation.
"I'm going to say this for the last time, but the people who understand it, understand, and those who DO NOT, will not," Roker, 64, tweeted.
"I can be Doc Brown, and I wear the outfit and the wig and I do not change the color of my skin," he wrote in a tweet. "If you're white, you can be President Obama if you want, do not color your skin!"
Last week, as they discussed the universities' attempts to discourage "inappropriate and offensive disguises," Kelly, a former Fox News anchor, asked: "But what is racist? Because really, you get into trouble if you're a white person. that he gets a black face on Halloween or a black person who gets a white face for Halloween, before, when he was a boy, he was fine as long as you were disguised as a character. "
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Roker condemned Kelly's comment and spoke about the incident with Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin live on air last week.
"The fact is that she owes a bigger apology to people of color throughout the county," he said. "This is a story, it goes back to the 1830s. [with] shows minstrel. It was not right to degrade and denigrate a race. I am old enough to have lived Andy de Amos where you had white people in black face playing two black characters, simply magnifying the stereotypes about black people. And that is the big problem. … Nothing good comes from it. It just is not right. "
"She said something stupid, said something indefensible," added Melvin, who called Kelly's statement "ignorant and racist," but also called her "colleague" and "friend."
Kelly, 47, has apologized for her comments twice, first in an internal email to her colleagues and then in the air while holding back the tears. She did not appear live in the air on Thursday or Friday, when NBC officially canceled Megyn Kelly today.
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On Wednesday, Kelly's lawyer criticized NBC News when both sides tried to negotiate their exit from the network.
"Despite my efforts to handle this process confidentially, NBC News is allowing the media to come forward with completely false and irresponsible reports that disparage Megyn by wrongly claiming that she once asked for more money than her contract requires," he said. Attorney Bryan Freedman to PEOPLE. declaration. "If NBC News is not the source, they have the responsibility as a news division to correct these false claims. Or are they trying in some way to use these fabrications to gain a fictitious advantage in the discussions we are having? "If Andy Lack has lost control, my hope would be that Steve Burke can intervene and not allow blatant lies about our discussions to remain uncorrected."
In response, a spokesperson for NBC told PEOPLE: "Unlike Mr. Freedman, who has repeatedly commented to the media during the negotiations, we respect the confidentiality of the process and will not have comments until it reaches its conclusion."