NBC host Megyn Kelly on Tuesday questioned whether the use of blackface on Halloween is racist.
“But what is racist?” Kelly said during her program Tuesday morning. “You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at 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 up as like a character,” Kelly continued.
NBC News reporter Jacob Soboroff noted that a recent controversy where a “The Real Housewives of New York” decided to dress as Diana Ross with what appeared to be darker makeup did seem to be “a little racist.”
“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 of TV personality Luann de Lesseps.
“People said that was racist and I don’t know, I felt like, who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wanted to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween,” Kelly said of Lesseps.
Jenna Bush Hager, former President George W. Bush’s daughter, said she also thought the impersonation sounded racist.
“I can’t keep up with the number of people that we’re offending just by being normal people,” Kelly added.
“If you think it’s offensive, it probably is,” said TV host Melissa Rivers. “Whatever happened to manners and polite society?”
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— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) October 23, 2018
In 2013, the then-Fox News Megyn Kelly drew criticism after she declared on television that Santa Claus and Jesus were both white.