NBC’s Megyn Kelly complained that it’s unfair for white people to be called racist for wearing blackface costumes at Halloween.
The “Today” host led a discussion of universities banning some costumes that could be considered racist or culturally insensitive, and she asked panelists to explain the problem to her.
“What is racist?” Kelly said. “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person that puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”
NBC News reporter Jacob Soboroff said freedom of expression should allow for both offensive costumes and consequences for those who wear them.
“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.
TV host Melissa Rivers explained that the rule of thumb for offensive material was pretty simple.
“If you think it’s offensive, it probably is,” Rivers said. “Whatever happened to manners and polite society?”
Kelly said Halloween was not traditionally a time for manners and civility.
“You’ve got guys with fake axes coming out of their head,” Kelly said. “It’s going to be jarring.”
North Korea announces ‘test of very great importance’ occurred at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground: report
North Korea state media reported on a "successful" test at a missile launch site.
"A very important test took place at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on the afternoon of December 7, 2019," a spokesperson for the Academy of the National Defense Science said.
The spokesperson said the test was "of great significance to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
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Here’s why Ukrainians are shocked about Rudy Giuliani’s new associate
President Donald Trump's personal attorney is causing "shock" among Ukrainians for working with Andrey Artemenko, according to new reports.
"In an attempt to exonerate President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani has been working with right-wing media outlet One America News Network (OAN) to produce a television special featuring a string of current and former Ukrainian officials defending Trump’s conduct in withholding military aid to Ukraine and seeking investigations of the Bidens," Law & Crime reported Saturday.
‘Irony and Outrage’: How different — and how similar — are Samantha Bee and Fox News?
Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are masters of outrage — not just the emotion, but a genre of political theater — just as Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are masters of ironic satire. They’re poles apart, and yet — ironically or outrageously — they’re profoundly similar, both in how they’re impacting their audiences, and why their genres emerged when they did. That’s perhaps the central thesis of “Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States,” by Dannagal Goldthwaite Young, who’s both a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware and an improv comedian with the troupe ComedySportz Philadelphia. That’s among the many different hats she wears.