Joy Behar Blackface Photo Emerges, View Host Comes Under Major Fire

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It's official:

Joy Behar will not be the next Governor of Virginia.

She may not be a host of The View for much longer, either.

Joy Behar as a Host

On Thursday morning, Behar and her co-panelists talked openly about a photo that has surfaced on social media, even including footage of the photo itself on air.

It depicts Behar at a Halloween party in 2016, her face darkened in a controversial manner known as "Blackface."

This name was coined back in the 19th century after white performers used theatrical make-up to represent caricature of black people.

Ever since, it's been considered very insensitive and offensive for a non-black person to dress up or pretend to be a black person because it dredges up memories of slavery and civil rights violations.

And yet... celebrities continue to get in trouble for the act

“I went as a beautiful African woman,” Behar said as an explanation for this look, which we've included below:

Joy Behar in Blackface

“I had makeup that was a little bit darker than my skin – that’s my actual hair, though," she added.

Raven-Symoné seemed concerned upon seeing the picture, putting her co-host on the spot by asking:

“Joy, are you black? Are you my auntie, Joy? Do you have tanning lotion on?”

But while Behar seemed to brush off the incident as no big deal, essentially brushing it off as a normal Halloween costume, viewers and Twitter users are taking the comedian to task.

Big time.


“Megyn Kelly was fired from her show for asking a hypothetical question about blackface. Joy Behar actually wore blackface, and admitted it, and showed a picture of it on TV, yet she still has her job,” wrote one astute individual.

This is a reference to how Kelly got canned by NBC after she questioned why blackface was a big deal.

“Just a reminder that Megyn Kelly was fired for saying that blackface was acceptable when she was a kid (and not actually *participating* in blackface like all of these people.)” another person noted.

Said Kelly during one of her final Today Show segments:

”What is racist? Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on 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 like a character.”


Kelly eventually made a public mea cupla - but then-colleague Al Roker said “she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country," adding:

"This is a history going back to the 1830s — minstrel shows, to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right.

"I’m old enough to have lived through Amos ’n’ Andy, where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters and just magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people.

"And that’s what the big problem is."


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