When she left Fox News and joined the team at NBC News, many of us wondered if Megyn Kelly was the right fit for her new network, especially in light of some of the ridiculous things she said while still employed by Fox.
And on Tuesday, Kelly proved again that our concerns were indeed warranted during a discussion of some universities in the U.S. banning Halloween costumes that are considered to be racist or culturally insensitive, with Kelly maintaining that it’s simply impossible to define exactly what’s racist:
“What is racist? You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person that puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”
NBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff attempted to explain to Kelly that while anyone free expression allows people to wear whatever costume they like, there may be consequences for doing so:
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.”
TV host Melissa Rivers echoed Soboroff’s remarks, adding:
“If you think it’s offensive, it probably is. Whatever happened to manners and polite society?”
Despite what her guests had just said, Kelly again seemed to defend wearing offensive costumes, commenting:
“You’ve got guys with fake axes coming out of their head. It’s going to be jarring.”
Twitter quickly let Kelly know that her comments were downright ill-informed and ignorant:
Megyn Kelly is defending blackface so good morning, America <__<
— Sophia (@SophiaTesfaye) October 23, 2018
I thought this might have been an exaggeration, but no, Megyn Kelly is really doing a “I don’t see what’s so offensive about blackface” https://t.co/xtECr43UMg
— jamelle g-g-ghoulie 👻 (@jbouie) October 23, 2018
“Normal people know where that line is…” Thank you, Melissa Rivers…too bad @MegynKelly isn’t normal and perhaps not a person.
— Karen Hunter (@karenhunter) October 23, 2018
Ohhhhhhhhhhh!!!! So Halloween is like a “bye week’ for racism…. Like a one day Purge for blackface…..GOT IT! https://t.co/0ZPBGHJ6U0
— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) October 23, 2018
Dear @megynkelly — you and I are approximately the same age. Blackface was NOT okay when we were kids. Take it from a big-hearted boy who just wanted to show his love for Nipsey Russell on the worst Halloween of my life. https://t.co/pnsk0WmuTw
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 23, 2018
Time for Megyn Kelly to head back to Fox. After all, they love this kind of willful ignorance.
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