Megyn Kelly is no stranger to dipping her toe in the racist pond around the holiday season. Even though the TV host is no longer in the Fox News echo chamber, she still found time on her mainstream NBC show to say it’s ridiculous that white people are called racist for wearing blackface as part of their Halloween costume.
During a discussion on how some universities have banned costumes that could be considered racist, the Today host legitimately did not see a problem with people using ethnicity as a costume.
“What is racist?” Kelly said. “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 OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”
NBC News reporter Jacob Soboroff said if someone chooses to wear an offensive costume, they should be prepared for the consequences. He also said people should have the freedom to do as they choose, even if it's called out.
“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,” Soboroff said.
TV host Melissa Rivers explained that if you have to ask if it's offensive then you probably have your answer.
“If you think it’s offensive, it probably is,” Rivers said. “Whatever happened to manners and polite society?”
Kelly said Halloween is a time for uncomfortable imagery.
“You’ve got guys with fake axes coming out of their head,” Kelly said. “It’s going to be jarring.”
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