I'm not sure if Megyn Kelly, host of NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today", lives in a cave without wifi, is not a real journalist, does not read books, has never heard of Google, is trying to protect her Fox roots are in time for the partial exams, or all of the above, but apparently in 2018, during one of the most delicate moments in the history of our country, where blacks are literally executed in a movie by policemen who are rarely responsible . , she thinks that dressing on a black face is fine.
"You get in trouble if you're a white person who turns black on Halloween, or a black person who turns white for Halloween," Kelly said live on Tuesday. "Before when I was a kid, it was fine, as long as you were disguised as a character."
Megyn Kelly wonders what the Blackface problem is about pic.twitter.com/07yvYDuAYe
– Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) October 23, 2018
Kelly's roundtable on Tuesday with Melissa Rivers, Jacob Soboroff and Jenna Bush Hager addressed the racially offensive Halloween costumes and debate about political correctness. Even before Blackface entered their conversation, Kelly seemed strangely upset by the fact that many people think, for example, that if you are not Native American or Mexican, dressing up as Native American or Mexican for Halloween is offensive. The studio audience loudly applauded his position.
Kelly continued to share her feelings about the violent reaction faced by Luann de Lesseps, member of the cast of "The Real Housewives of New York," when she appeared on RHONY in April in a disguise of Diana Ross.
"She dressed like Diana Ross, and she made her skin look darker than it really is," Kelly said. "And people said that was racist. And I do not know, I felt like, who does not love Diana Ross? "
Could not De Lesseps have disguised as Diana Ross without darkening her skin? (I dressed like Superman when I was a kid and I took it off easily without makeup.) Soboroff backed down, saying that De Lesseps' costume "sounds a bit racist to me." And he's right It's 2018 and we're still explaining the same things to the same people who refuse to understand for the same reasons.
And as always in these cases in which public figures are forced to retreat in discourse and toxic racist actions, Kelly followed the basic steps: an apology from BS, which always sounds more like: "I do not regret having said it, I'm sorry that you have heard me say it "or even" I regret having embarrassed the network that pays me millions ", followed by receiving special black guests on Wednesday, in this case, Roland Martin and Amy Holmes, to teach him directly wrong.
Remember that you can disguise yourself on Halloween, have fun and transmit your point without a black face. pic.twitter.com/dr41YSqP5O
– d. Watkins (@dwatkinsworld) October 24, 2018
"Now I realize that such behavior is wrong, and I'm sorry," Kelly wrote to his colleagues in an email on Monday. "The history of the black face in our culture is abominable; The wounds too deep. "I've never been a type of" PC "person, but I understand that we need to be more sensitive right now."
I would like someone @nbcnews to explain how they came to the conclusion that it was a good idea to get rid of Tamron Hall in favor of the woman who thinks it was "okay" to wear a black face when she was a child.
– jelani cobb (@ jelani9) October 23, 2018
Yesterday, Kelly apologized in the air, saying:
"I want to start with two words," I'm sorry. "You may have heard that yesterday we had a conversation about political correctness and Halloween costumes … I defended the idea (blackface), saying that He was always Respectful and part of a Halloween costume, which seemed to be fine, well, I was wrong, and I'm sorry. "
"I want to start with two words, I'm sorry … The country feels so divided and I do not want to add more pain and offense, I think this is a moment for greater understanding, more love, more sensitivity and more honor … Thanks for listening and for helping me to listen too ". Megyn Kelly pic.twitter.com/6hHrvZLNvK
– Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) October 24, 2018
Kelly is 47 years old, and the fact that she has one of the largest platforms in the country and, however, apparently does not understand the decades of public embarrassment, humiliation and pain that whites give to Native Americans, Mexicans and black Americans. It's disgusting, and nowhere so quirky or funny. And this is not a new behavior of her either. In 2013, on his Fox News show "The Kelly File," the presenter mocked the idea that Santa could be represented as someone other than a white man. "The fact that it makes you feel uncomfortable does not mean you have to change."
"Jesus was also a white man, it's how we have done it, it's a historical figure that is a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want the children to know that," he said. "How do you check it in the middle of the history legacy and change Santa from white to black?"
Yesterday, the guests of Kelly, Martin and Holmes, obtained solid points, and apparently necessary, on the history of the United States of black face, shows of minstrels and race.
"We are in total denial about how deeply entrenched the race is in the DNA of the US There are lines There is history There is pain," Martin explained. "As long as Americans live in denial and pretend that this does not matter, we will still have this problem."
I would like to go a little deeper, for the sake of Megyn Kelly and the world in general.
One of the reasons why it's not fun or cute to dress up as Native Americans is that their land was stolen by settlers (whom we still call heroes like Andrew Jackson) by implementing the Indian Removal Act, where they were forced to enter foreign places , exposed to diseases such as whooping cough, typhus, dysentery, cholera and hunger during their trip, not to mention being separated from their families. About 7,500 Cherokee died alone on the Trail of Tears.
And it's not good to dress up as Mexicans, while our current President remains proud of implementing policies that separate migrant children from their parents, while calling thieves and rapists good people. I can not speak for Mexicans, but I'm sure you will not find it funny.
It's not great to dress with a black face, either. As Frederick Douglass once said, the artists of the black face are, "the dirty scum of white society, who have stolen a complexion that they have been denied by nature, to earn money and satisfy the corrupt taste of their white fellow citizens. "
Historically, the black face has been used to demonize and humiliate black people at the highest level, using blackface stereotypes to reinforce fanaticism and convince white Americans not to worry about our ongoing oppression. Those same stereotypes associated with the black face that Kelly thought were great are still helping the mentalities that make blacks discriminated against, imprisoned and even killed to this day.
Is Megyn Kelly able to understand all this? Or will he be blinded forever by his privilege? On the first day of this story, she discussed the black face with a table full of white people, completely ignoring the value of any black perspective. On the second day, she offered a public apology and invited two African-Americans who rarely come to the morning shows to educate her and her audience. It is also a privilege: not to involve black people in a regular discussion of the holidays on Tuesday, but to keep them in standby mode, in case a racially offensive drama develops.
CNN reports that Kelly's departure from her morning show "appears to be imminent," but is still scheduled to provide coverage during the upcoming midterm elections, and could get another role with a different focus elsewhere in the NBC lineup .
I think NBC has the opportunity to be aware of this story and let it go. His salary of $ 23 million a year is double that of his predecessors Tamron Hall and Al Roker received, combined, and according to the ratings of Vanity Fair Kelly have fallen by 18 percent and continue to decline. The talent agency CAA separated from Kelly, but did not comment on why and if their decision is related to the controversy of the black face. But an additional division between Kelly and the network may be in the works: CAA also represents the president of NBC News, Noah Oppenheim.
The fact is that there are dozens of brilliant, talented and experienced stations that are not racist and could easily take the place of Kelly. If the NBC retains it, it will expose how badly the network wants to make a cheap move for the Santa and Jesus crowd in white.
NBC canceled the morning time of today's show organized by Tamron Hall and Al Roker, so Megyn Kelly, who is paid more than double their combined salaries, can do so. https://t.co/yINbQ8wptr
– ☕netw3rk (@ netw3rk) October 23, 2018