Megyn Kelly this week claimed that she didn’t think it was offensive for white people to dress in blackface makeup for Halloween — but a 2016 tweet shows that she knows blackface was offensive to people of color.
During the 2016 presidential election, Trump-loving pastor Mark Burns posted a cartoon mocking Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton while depicting her in blackface.
Burns eventually apologized for promoting the cartoon, which Kelly noted at the time on her Twitter feed.
“Pastor Mark Burns on controversial ‘blackface’ tweet: ‘I apologize for the offense of the blackface,'” Kelly noted.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) August 31, 2016
Kelly on Wednesday apologized for saying she didn’t think there was anything offensive about white people wearing blackface for Halloween “as long as your were dressing up as a character.”
Kelly’s remarks drew a rebuke from colleague Al Roker, who schooled her on the history of blackface in America.
“While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country,” Roker said of Kelly’s comments. “This is a history going back to the 1830s — minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race. [It] wasn’t right.”