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Megyn Kelly Gives Bizarre Defense of Blackface, Forced to Apologize

NBC host Megyn Kelly raised more than a few eyebrows during her Tuesday morning show, when she suggested that wearing blackface on Halloween used to be an acceptable practice.

Kelly joined other panelists to discuss what constitutes a politically correct Halloween costume before she stepped into a heaping pile of controversy.

“I just feel like it’s so absurd, how — who comes up with these rules?” she asked.

The panel then discussed certain offensive costumes that would be frowned upon – examples included dressing up like Harvey Weinstein, or a couple going as the letters ‘F’ and ‘U.’

That’s when Kelly shifted gears and explained that dressing up in blackface used to be okay, even citing examples of why it’s okay to do so.

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Megyn’s defense of blackface

Decades ago, Kelly argued, going out on Halloween in a blackface costume was acceptable.

“That was okay, as long as you were dressing like a character,” she claimed.

“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,” she admitted, prior to citing a specific example in which she felt it should be acceptable.

There was a controversy on ‘The Real Housewives of New York’ with Luann (de Lesseps). She dressed as Diana Ross, and she made her skin look darker than it really is. And people said that that was racist. And I don’t know! I thought like, who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween.

What could have possibly been going through her head when she brought up a topic? No matter how she framed it, she was going to get slaughtered for it in the media.

It wasn’t long before the backlash was in full swing and Kelly was forced to issue an apology.

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“Such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry,” Kelly said in an internal email to colleagues. “The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.”

Hollywood hypocrites like Jimmy Kimmel have done blackface

Some of those most offended by Kelly’s comments on blackface herald from the wonderful world of leftist Hollywood.

Borderline actors and comedians such as Tom Arnold, Patton Oswalt, and W. Kamau Bell all took shots at the NBC with their holier-than-thou act.

Deadline even offered a screaming headline which reads: “Hollywood Schools Megyn Kelly On Why Blackface Is Racist Any Time Of Year.”

Fair enough. But where were all these hypocrites when their colleague Jimmy Kimmel became famous for actually dressing up in blackface?

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Well now, it’s perfectly okay when Hollywood liberals do it and hide behind the explanation that ‘it’s just comedy.’ Amirite?

We’re not sure what Kelly’s motivation was here? Did she just have a brain cramp? Did she decide she’s just flat-out tired of PC culture altogether?

Or was she looking for ratings by injecting controversy into her show? Like dressing up as country music star Shania Twain, or dancing awkwardly for no apparent reason?

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It’s a whole lot easier to explain those things away than to defend something people find to be unquestionably racist.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • This is further evidence of how the PC police have turned us into the ridiculous society. Now, everything seems to offend one or another of the identities - black, female, LBGTQ, climate 'science', econazis, etc., etc. etc. ad infinitum, ad nauseam. People's lives can now be utterly destroyed by stepping on someone's tender toes. It amazes me that anyone still wants to run this risk, but of course only liberal leftists can get away with everything. If you're "on the right side of history", you get a free pass. It's just disgusting.

  • This is further evidence of how the PC police have turned us into the ridiculous society. Now, everything seems to offend one or another of the identities - black, female, LBGTQ, climate 'science', econazis, etc., etc. etc. ad infinitum, ad nauseam. People's lives can now be utterly destroyed by stepping on someone's tender toes. It amazes me that anyone still wants to run this risk, but of course only liberal leftists can get away with everything. If you're "on the right side of history", you get a free pass. It's just disgusting.

  • The pc police only get crazier by the day. I suppose it's now racist for a white kid to wear an obama mask while trick or treating? One step further and no one can dress up as an individual of any other race. No more chinese dragons, no japanese kimono dancers, no Polynesian hula dancers, no native americans in feathers, no cajuns(even though they'd likely be flattered), no east indian costumes, so what are the kids going to do for halloween? Dress up as animals? Peta would likely file suit. I guess they could all dress up as dinosaurs or trees or perhaps fish.

  • The pc police only get crazier by the day. I suppose it's now racist for a white kid to wear an obama mask while trick or treating? One step further and no one can dress up as an individual of any other race. No more chinese dragons, no japanese kimono dancers, no Polynesian hula dancers, no native americans in feathers, no cajuns(even though they'd likely be flattered), no east indian costumes, so what are the kids going to do for halloween? Dress up as animals? Peta would likely file suit. I guess they could all dress up as dinosaurs or trees or perhaps fish.

  • Quite frankly, people have the right to dress up as anyone they want, whenever they want, and TO MAKE FUN OF ANYONE THEY WANT! IT'S CALLED FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION! Comedians do it all the time, they insult anyone they want--mainly, of course, Republicans and other conservatives--and, if liberals were actually as self-righteous as Tom Arnold--UGH!--the amoral non-talent who used Rosanne to achieve success and then dumped her, Patton Oswalt, and W. Kamau Bell made such a great show of being by attacking Megyn Kelly for merely speaking the truth, television shows like "Saturday Night Live" would have been cancelled YEARS AGO!

  • Halloween is a time to dress up in costumes.If you don't like it,turn your porch lights off and don't open your doors.If all you can do is b!tch and moan about America,by all means-LEAVE.You don't deserve to live here.I hear there are plenty of vacancies opening up in Guatemala,the Honduras,El Salvador,and Venezuela.Take your pick but please leave!

  • Halloween is a time to dress up in costumes.If you don't like it,turn your porch lights off and don't open your doors.If all you can do is b!tch and moan about America,by all means-LEAVE.You don't deserve to live here.I hear there are plenty of vacancies opening up in Guatemala,the Honduras,El Salvador,and Venezuela.Take your pick but please leave!

  • I don't see how a white would dress as Diana Ross without some blackface. You PC poeople are the pukes.

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