Megyn Kelly is coming under fire for recent comments regarding dressing in blackface. On Tuesday's episode of Megyn Kelly Today, the former Fox News host had a segment on the “crackdown” of Halloween costumes because of political correctness. Kelly was joined by her NBC colleague and former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager, red carpet expert Melissa Rivers and MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff.
Kelly wondered what the big deal was about white people being in blackface and her co-hosts weighed in. Soboroff told Kelly,
If you’re going to dress like an idiot, act like an idiot, and actually dress and be racist then somebody should say something to somebody. But you should still be able to dress like a moron.
Rivers chimed in and stated, "Normal people know" how far to take things and Hager remarked,
There are limits to how far you want to go because you’re making people feel bad.
Kelly then quipped,
I can’t keep up with the number of people we’re offending just by being normal people.
Later, Twitter went IN on Kelly for her ignorance, with some saying,
Afterward, Kelly wrote an internal email to her NBC co-workers apologizing for being tone deaf where she said,
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. When we had the roundtable discussion earlier today about the controversy of making your face look like a different race as part of a Halloween costume, I suggested that this seemed okay if done as part of this holiday where people have the chance to make themselves look like others. The iconic Diana Ross came up as an example. 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? I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.