Megyn Kelly’s apology note to NBC News colleagues after her comments about dressing in blackface at Halloween made its way onto social media.
In the memo, the Megyn Kelly Today host said she has “never been a ‘PC’ kind of person” but that she understood “we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age.” It was posted to Twitter by BuzzFeed News reporter Remy Smidt.
“I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I’m sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep,” Kelly wrote.
The New York Times reports:
In the opening minutes of her 9 a.m. show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” the host was in a round-table discussion with the former “Fashion Police” host Melissa Rivers and two NBC colleagues — Jacob Soboroff and Jenna Bush Hager — to discuss how “the costume police are cracking down” on Halloween costumes, as Ms. Kelly put it.
Ms. Kelly went on to cite the example of Luann de Lesseps, a cast member of “The Real Housewives of New York,” who came under fire this year for dressing up as Diana Ross, complete with an outsize Afro wig. Ms. Kelly added that she found the criticism of the “Housewives” star perplexing.
“She dressed as Diana Ross, and she made her skin look darker than it really is,” Ms. Kelly said. “And people said that that was racist. And I don’t know, I felt like, who doesn’t love Diana Ross?”
During “Megyn Kelly Today” — the morning show NBC launched last fall after luring Kelly away from Fox News — she said, “What is racist? You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as a character.”
Kelly, you surely recall, has previously held that both Jesus and Santa Claus are definitely white.
Megyn Kelly wonders what the big deal is about blackface pic.twitter.com/07yvYDuAYe
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) October 23, 2018
Al Roker on Megyn Kelly’s blackface apology: “While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is a history going back to the 1830s. Minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right.” pic.twitter.com/nt7YhCRU18
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 24, 2018
For all the white people out there who missed the many, many memos on this, blackface is horrifically offensive. Don’t do it. Not for Halloween, not for a joke, not for any reason. Hi @megynkelly.
— Touré (@Toure) October 24, 2018
#MegynKelly doesn’t see anything wrong w/ #blackface? It’s ONLY the mockery of black ppl as slaves & subhuman happy-go-lucky darkies like Jim Crow & Uncle Tom. Course last time I saw her, #MarkFurhman was normalizing police brutality b4 she brought me on. 👀#DidntEndWell #TeamDl
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) October 24, 2018