‘Silly and disingenuous’: Megyn Kelly’s Black colleagues aren’t buying ‘blackface’ apology

Megyn Kelly apologized again Wednesday for her comments defending blackface Halloween costumes on "Megyn Kelly Today", but NBC did not spare the host from critical coverage on "Nightly News", "Late Night" and "Today". Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views.

"But what is racist?"

"But what is racist because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person that puts on white face for Halloween", Kelly said.

"I'm old enough to have lived through "Amos 'n" Andy, '" Roker said, referring to the old sitcom originally voiced by white actors "just magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people". When the subject of racist costumes came up, Kelly asked, "But what is racist?" and added when she was growing up, blackface was OK "as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character".

Later in the show, she defended a reality TV star who darkened their skin for a Diana Ross costume.

In her memo Tuesday, Kelly wrote that "I've never been a "pc" kind of person - but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age".

"One of the great parts of sitting in this chair every day is to discuss different points of view", she continued. "Excuse me. This is such a basic thing for such an educated woman to know".

On Wednesday's Today, a visibly upset Al Roker was first to take Kelly to task for her misguided remarks.

Tuesday morning, the NBC daytime host surprised and disappointed many of her her viewers after she questioned whether the use of blackface on Halloween was really racist or not. This is ridiculous. Why these people think that they should have some power, some say, over what people do with their kids, what their kids want to do if they're not their parents, I have no idea.

"The country feels so divided, and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense", she continued.

Many observers were aghast at Kelly's comments, and some noted that the panel did not include a single person of color.

"The costume police are cracking down like never before", she said, ridiculing a college that suggested wearing a cowboy outfit was inadvisable.

"Jesus was a white man, too", she said at the time. "I'm sorry, Megyn, you can't". 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...

  • Kyle Peterson