American television journalist Megyn Kelly is being criticized on social media for questioning why Blackface is racist.
The former lawyer asked: "What is racist?" in a discussion of inappropriate Halloween costumes during a Tuesday morning episode of NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today."
"Before, when I was a kid, it was fine as long as you were dressed as a character," he said, referring to the whites who painted their faces in black for Halloween.
Blackface has a history of perpetuating offensive and racist stereotypes of African-Americans dating back more than 200 years in the United States.
"It's a tradition rooted in racism that has a lot to do with the fear of blacks and the laughter of blacks," said Dr. Kehinde Andrews, associate professor of sociology at the University of Birmingham at the BBC in June.
Many on Twitter took the opportunity to explain why blackface is widely considered offensive.
"Open a history book, white people used to paint themselves black and represent ridiculous black characters during the Jim Crow era." wrote user Annabel Lee.
Many suggested that dressing up to imitate African-Americans stopped being acceptable in the 1950s and wondered if it was appropriate when Kelly was a girl.
Others questioned why a group of white commentators would have a discussion about the black face without the perspectives of African-American commentators.
"I just do not think it's the place of white people to tell us if we can get offended by the black face or not, especially because the black face has never been used against them to systematically dehumanize and oppress them," wrote user Bella Goth.
However, others suggested that it should be common knowledge that the practice is inappropriate.
"I've seen comments bombing NBC for not having a black person on the panel, but honestly, the Minstrel and Blackface shows were a popular form of extremely racist mass entertainment in the United States until the early 20th century. they make comments to make a living should we know that, "wrote journalist Jamelle Bouie.
Some called NBC to cancel the Megyn Kelly show and wrote that "this is not just a dull tone, it's completely racist." I was not brought up to think that Blackface was fine and I'm 46, from Small Town, Pennsylvania. wrote @Seanbaby.
Others recalled when Kelly made headlines in 2013 for stating that it is a "historical fact" that Jesus Christ, a man born in the Middle East, was white, and added that Santa Claus is also white.
Kelly has not commented on the controversy.
By Georgina Rannard, BBC UGC and Social News