MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff has aggressively covered the family separation policy and other social justice issues, but he issued an apology for laughing along with Megyn Kelly’s defense of blackface.
The “Today” host has apologized to viewers and NBC News colleagues for asking what was racist about blackface Halloween costumes, and one of her guests for a panel discussion is also apologizing for his participation.
“What was said was vile,” Soboroff tweeted. “Not only has blackface always been and will always be racist — questioning that was disgraceful. I’m ashamed I didn’t speak up more emphatically at the table.”
“I’m sorry if I let you down,” he added.
Morning. Want you guys to know how I feel about yesterday.
What was said was vile.
Not only has blackface always been and will always be racist — questioning that was disgraceful.
I’m ashamed I didn’t speak up more emphatically at the table.
I’m sorry if I let you down.
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) October 24, 2018
Soboroff and the two other guests, TV host Melissa Rivers and NBC News contributor Jenna Bush Hager, offered little pushback to Kelly’s comments until she defended a white reality TV star dressing up as singer Diana Ross.
“Who doesn’t love Diana Ross, she wants to look like Diana Ross for one day,” Kelly said. “I don’t know how that got, like, racist on Halloween.”
Soboroff said he understood.
“I have not seen it, but it sounds a little racist to me,” he said.