In a teaser for Wednesday night’s episode of Full Frontal host Samantha Bee and correspondent Ashley Nicole Black treated viewers to a lesson on the history of blackface that NBC’s Megyn Kelly apparently missed.
After playing a clip from earlier in the week in which the host struggles to understand why people consider blackface racist, Bee quipped: “Damn, I guess when Megyn said ‘Santa was white,’ what she meant was ‘unless it’s Halloween and he wants to honor Diana Ross.'”
Laughing at Kelly’s assertion that she doesn’t know how blackface “got racist,” the host walked over to Black, who she appeared to want to pivot to because of her race before the correspondent pointed at that she did her “master’s thesis on blackface minstrelsy.”
“Blackface minstrelsy was one of the earliest American theatrical forms,” Black said. “Those characters stuck around through vaudeville and radio and then became the basis of some of the first sitcoms.”
“Our nation’s entire comedy aesthetic was built on by stereotypes made up by white people and the idea that it was funny to blow up black people,” she continued. Behind her played a clip of Mickey Mouse with a bomb exploding in his face resulting in him being covered in soot and, somehow, growing overexaggerated lips and hair to resemble stereotypes of black people.
“But forget it,” Black said. “I wouldn’t want centuries of harm to ruin your Halloween, Becky.”
World hunger on the rise with more than 820 million at risk, UN report says
More than 821 million people suffered from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday -- the third year in a row that the number has risen.
After decades of decline, food insecurity began to increase in 2015 and reversing the trend is one of the 2030 targets of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
But getting to a world where no one is suffering from hunger by then remains an "immense challenge," the report said.
"The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World" was produced by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other UN agencies including the World Health Organization.
‘It’s just sparkling racism’: Internet mocks the hell out of the New York Times for describing Trump’s comments as ‘racially infused’
In an analysis piece in the New York Times on Sunday, chief White House correspondent opted to describe President Donald Trump’s overtly racist comments on Democratic congresswomen color as “racially infused” — an euphemism one Twitter user joked is “the worst flavor of LaCroix.”
Trump over the weekend caused an uproar in the media by tweeting the following:
Fox News’ John Roberts tells Trump to his face: ‘White nationalists are finding common cause with you’
Fox News reporter John Roberts asked President Donald Trump to his face whether he cared that white nationalists agreed with his views on race.
The president provoked widespread outrage by calling on four Democratic congresswomen -- all women of color -- to leave the country because they disagreed with his policies, and Trump insisted his tweets were not racist while continuing to lob bigoted attacks at them.
"Mr. President," Roberts asked during an impromptu Monday news conference, "does it concern you that many people saw that tweet as racist, and that white nationalist groups are finding common cause with you on that point?"