Don Lemon ripped into Megyn Kelly on his show last night after her comments yesterday morning about how she doesn’t believe white people wearing blackface is racist.
During a round-table conversation on the TODAY show about Halloween costumers, Kelly claimed that blackface was “OK when I was a kid as long as you were dressing like a character” and said she doubted whether blackface was actually racist.
“What is racist?” she said. “Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween.”
On his show last night, Lemon broke it down for Kelly (and anyone else who still doesn’t seem to understand) why it’s not OK for white people to paint their skin to look like black people.
“Megyn is 47 years old,” Lemon said. “There has never been a time in her 47 years that blackface has been acceptable.”
This is what people of the larger culture don’t understand about racism and about privilege. I don’t know of many black people who are trying to be white people for Halloween or dressing up as white people but I know a lot of people who do it as black people … I think people really need to educate themselves about this particular issue, and we need to realize in this culture that some people do have a privilege where they don’t have to think about it. It does not exist to them.
Kelly later apologized for her remarks, saying that, upon further reflection, she now realizes why blackface is unacceptable.
On this morning’s show, she started off by saying, “I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry.”
She went on to say “I have never been a PC kind of person” but that she learned from the backlash over her comments that “it is not OK for (blackface) to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise.”
Just to make sure none of her white viewers felt too triggered by all the uncomfortable talk about race, Kelly said it’s also not OK for “a black person [to make] their face lighter.”
Because that’s a real problem.
"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
And the crowd went wild. Kelly received a standing ovation from the studio audience. One person went so far as to shout encouragingly “We love you!”
You can take the girl outta FOX News, but you can’t take FOX News outta the girl.