AceShowbiz - Megyn Kelly admits she was wrong after defending white people who do blackface for Halloween. The NBC News anchor brought up the topic during her morning talk show "Megyn Kelly Today", wondering why people find it offensive to dress up in blackface.
After her comments set Twitter abuzz, the 47-year-old TV host has apologized for her remarks. Her apology was not made public, but sent in an internal email to her NBC colleagues. She wrote, "One of the wonderful things about my job is that I get the chance to express and hear a lot of opinions. Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views."
Recalling their discussion on her show, she stated, "To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up as Diana Ross to make herself look like this amazing woman as a way of honoring and respecting her?" But she has realized "that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep."
Admitting that she's "never been a [politically correct] kind of person," she claimed she understands "that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year." She concluded her statement, "This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. I look forward to continuing that discussion."
Earlier on Tuesday, October 23, Kelly and former "Fashion Police" host Melissa Rivers as well as her two NBC colleagues, Jacob Soboroff and Jenna Bush Hager, talked about whether it's okay to dress up in blackface for Halloween.
"You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween," Kelly noted. "Back when I was a kid, that was O.K., as long as you were dressing up as a character."
She cited "The Real Housewives of New York City" cast member LuAnn de Lesseps who dressed up as Diana Ross for Halloween as an example. "People said that [Luann's costume] was racist! And I don't know, like, I thought, like, 'Who doesn't love Diana Ross?' She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don't know how that got racist on Halloween," she said.
Her guests disagreed with her. "I haven't seen it, but it sounds a little racist to me," Soboroff said, and Hager echoed, "Me too." Kelly then responded, "I can't keep up with the number of people that we're offending just by being normal people," before moving on to the next topic.