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.”
Japan emperor to proclaim enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony
Japan's new Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his ascension to the throne next week in a ritual-bound ceremony, but the after-effects of deadly typhoon will cast a shadow over proceedings.
Naruhito officially assumed his duties as emperor on May 1, a day after his father became the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years.
But the transition will not be complete until his new role is officially proclaimed on Tuesday, in a series of events expected to be attended by foreign dignitaries from nearly 200 countries.
The event will come just over a week after Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan, killing nearly 80 people and leaving a trail of destruction.
US imposes tariffs on EU goods, targeting Airbus, wine and whisky
The United States imposed tariffs on a record $7.5-billion worth of European Union goods on Friday, despite threats of retaliation, with Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies among the high-profile targets.
The tariffs, which took effect just after midnight in Washington (0401 GMT), came after talks between European officials and US trade representatives failed to win a last-minute reprieve.
The WTO-endorsed onslaught from US President Donald Trump also comes as Washington is mired in a trade war with China and could risk destabilising the global economy further.
Why key Senate Republicans should be terrified as Trump drags the party down
Incumbent Republican senators in swing states and blue states find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, criticizing President Donald Trump can result in a burdensome GOP primary battle; on the other hand, being perceived as pro-Trump can be the kiss of death in places where Trump is unpopular. And according to a report by Eli Yokley for Morning Consult’s website, things aren’t getting any better for incumbent GOP senators who are considered vulnerable in the 2020 election.