You won't believe this, but Megyn Kelly defended the use of blackface during a controversial Today Show segment.
Wait... what's that you say?
You totally believe it because Megyn Kelly has a history of saying inappropriate things that could best be described as offensive and worst be described as racist?
That's right. She was a mainstay on Fox News for years, no matter how hard NBC worked to try and make us forget her employment history.
Below, we run down the scandal that got Kelly kicked off NBC and compare it to other times in which she said some really awful things about African-Americans:
What is Racist?
This is the question Kelly actually asked on air, challenging her round table panelists to explain the problem with white people dressing up in blackface for Halloween... apparently unaware of how this type of makeup was used by theater performers in the 19th century to stereotype and mock African-Americans who were being held down in society.
Ah, The Good Ole Days...
"Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character," Kelly said stupidly, adding: "Isn't the whole purpose of Halloween to dress up and pretend you're someone other than yourself? I feel like it's so absurd. Who comes up with these rules?"
She Did At Least Apologize
"I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry," she said at the top of the next day's show. "You may have heard that yesterday we had a conversation about political correctness and Halloween costumes. ... I defended the idea (of blackface), saying that as long it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, that it seemed OK. Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry."
Continued the Embattled Anchor:
"This past year has been so painful for many people of colo. The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too."
Too Little, Too Late?
Kelly will be terminated by NBC as a result of these remarks, multiple sources have said. And it doesn't help that she has made similar comments in the past. To wit...
SANTA IS WHITE!
During her Fox News days, Kelly got very, very VERY worked up over the idea of black men dressed up as Santa Claus, telling her audience: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white…Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. Jesus was a white man, too.”