Megyn Kelly got smoked online after being casually racist by saying she didn’t get the big deal over Blackface despite its well-documented racist past. The former Fox News and current NBC News host has since apologized, but Twitter isn’t letting her off the hook that easily.
Kelly was all over the news on Tuesday (Oct. 23) after stepping way outside her bounds to challenge the fact Blackface, which is the practice of blackening one’s face, isn’t a racist act despite the history of minstrel shows and the like. Kelly was gathered swiftly by some of her colleagues, including TODAY‘s Al Roker, who normally does not unleash the smoke on anyone.
Here’s where we remind you that Kelly once stated that Santa Claus, a fictional character can and only should be played by a white person so clearly her bias and way of thinking isn’t humanist in its approach. Twitter has been snatching up those blonde tresses since yesterday, and we’ve got the best reactions listed below.
@megynkelly is a racist! Apology not accepted! She lies to excuse her racism by saying blackface was okay when it never was and that Santa Claus and Jesus were white - more lies! She should not have a television show!— B Victoria Cook (@BVictoriaCook) October 24, 2018
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@megynkelly you tried it. It is always inappropriate to dress up in black face for ANY occasion. This includes appropriating any other cultures as well.— Kathryn Allison (@kathryndallison) October 24, 2018
If you want to dress up as Diana Ross for Halloween go ahead, but you do not need to darken your skin to do it. #Halloween pic.twitter.com/1qQHKyDUJu
I sit here laughing because Kelly is ignorant, @nbc hired a former fox employee which demonstrates that the org prefers revenue over substance.This woman is supposedly educated yet is uncultured. This is NOT a teachable moment. As guest call it out, ignorance— Junior (@Jloague) October 24, 2018
I’m stunned that the woman who said on national television, “Santa Clause is white, get over it,” didn’t have the intellectual depth to understand why blackface is wrong. Truly a shocking development.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 24, 2018
WTF?!?! @megynkelly crying during her apology?!?! Bitch, please!— Killroy™ (@KillroyWasHere) October 24, 2018
From Megyn Kelly’s apology letter to her colleagues: is she saying blackface would have been fine a couple of years ago?? pic.twitter.com/gWCEWydyqK— Brad Mielke (@TheBradMielke) October 23, 2018
@megynkelly your quivering chin and apology won’t be accepted until you educate yourself about these social issues. These are issues that should already have a solid grasp on, given your career and experience as a mature woman.— 𝓫𝓮𝓪𝓬𝓱𝓲𝓷 𝓫𝓵𝓸𝓷𝓭𝓮 (@Mom_ocratic) October 24, 2018
Interesting framing of Megyn Kelly’s apology: She’s “never been a pc person”.— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) October 24, 2018
Quite a way to explain your embrace of racism on morning tv. https://t.co/iGcmuUa2P6
I'm over these late-in-life realizations about racism AND the tired apologies. What made you realize blackface is wrong today, @MegynKelly? The threats to your livelihood? Girl, bye. You meant what you said. #ThisIsAmerica https://t.co/dSFo9o2ZUq— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 24, 2018
.@megynkelly’s flip comments on blackface were inexcusable. I’d like to see her do something about it beyond a standard written apology. A real effort to educate oneself and one’s followers about racism in this country would be a great start.— Sarah Glover (@sarah4nabj) October 24, 2018
This isn’t enough @megynkelly. You owe an apology to your @TODAYshow viewers as well. An apology is hollow when not coupled with a willingness to do better. You haven’t shown a capacity to do that. Who will you engage to learn about this? What books will you read? https://t.co/CGlDcTPdGK— April (@ReignOfApril) October 23, 2018