NBC’s Megyn Kelly apologized on Wednesday for not understanding that it would be offensive for white people to wear blackface on Halloween — but for many Twitter users, her apology was not accepted.
In particular, the users noted that Kelly’s comments on blackface were just part of a long history of race-baiting that the former Fox News anchor has engaged in over the years.
Among other things, Kelly has drawn fire for her tirades insisting that fictional characters such as Santa Claus must be white; that a 15-year-old black girl dragged to the ground by a cop deserved some blame for being “no saint”; and hyping a supposed “voter intimidation campaign” carried out by the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia.
Given all this, many Twitter users found her apology to be completely insincere — or “crocodile tears,” as one user put it.
Check out some of the top reactions below.
I’m stunned that the woman who said on national television, “Santa Clause is white, get over it,” didn’t have the intellectual depth to understand why blackface is wrong. Truly a shocking development.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 24, 2018
I’m not sure what offends me more, @megynkelly pretending to be remorseful with her crocodile tears or Megyn Kelly acting stupid about the historical implications of blackface. If @nbc thinks her “apology” erases the years of overt racism, then they’ve lost a viewer for life!
— Sylvia 🔥🔥 (@Tellall2012) October 24, 2018
I sit here laughing because Kelly is ignorant, @nbc hired a former fox employee which demonstrates that the org prefers revenue over substance.This woman is supposedly educated yet is uncultured. This is NOT a teachable moment. As guest call it out, ignorance
— Jloague (@Jloague) October 24, 2018
It’s a pattern of behavior for this woman. So this apology is meaningless..
— ♈️ (@SexyRasta_love) October 24, 2018
not only is this not the first ignorant, racist thing she’s said on tv, she said it knowing people would get upset, but also knowing she’e be in the news. if that’s not dispicable i don’t know what is.
— Lou (@lauraaaa_ann) October 24, 2018
@megynkelly you tried it. It is always inappropriate to dress up in black face for ANY occasion. This includes appropriating any other cultures as well.
If you want to dress up as Diana Ross for Halloween go ahead, but you do not need to darken your skin to do it. #Halloween pic.twitter.com/1qQHKyDUJu
— Kathryn Allison (@kathryndallison) October 24, 2018
NBC News knew what kind of racist Megyn Kelly was when they hired her. In fact it was part of a ploy to tap into Fox's audience. They're now pretending to be "shocked, shocked" she did a racist thing and are generating viral content on it. It's all phony.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 24, 2018
@megynkelly is a racist! Apology not accepted! She lies to excuse her racism by saying blackface was okay when it never was and that Santa Claus and Jesus were white – more lies! She should not have a television show!
— B Victoria Cook (@AjcsrB) October 24, 2018