NBC Might Fire Megyn Kelly 📺

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Questioning if "blackface" is racist

On her NBC morning show, former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked whether it was inappropriate for white people to wear “blackface” during Halloween. The all-white panel was specifically discussing a report of a white reality star dressing as Diana Ross; Kelly said, “Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as a character.”

Internal backlash

A fellow NBC anchor later called her remarks “ignorant and racist,” and an NBC exec said he “condemns those remarks”. Kelly later apologized on air saying, “I was wrong. And I'm sorry”. Kelly did not host her show Thursday morning - and reports say she’ll be out at NBC soon.


LEANING LEFT:

ThinkProgress: Megyn Kelly’s reported cancellation by NBC after blackface remarks should surprise no one

Salon: It’s time for NBC to fire Megyn Kelly

The left sees Kelly’s comments as willfully ignorant and a part of her racially insensitive comments extending back to her time at Fox News. Articles from the left point out that Kelly once claimed that Santa Claus and Jesus are/were both white and once suggested that a 15-year-old assaulted by police at a pool party was, “no saint”. The left argues she ought to be fired.

LEANING RIGHT:

The Federalist: Why NBC Should Apologize For Dumping On Megyn Kelly Over Her ‘Blackface’ Comments

National Review: The Mob (and NBC) vs. Megyn Kelly

The right sees the furor over Kelly’s comments as another sign that politically correct culture is restricting expression. Articles argue that Kelly did not understand why blackface was seen as racist and was just engaging in a discussion on the topic. Moreover, they argue, she apologized and learned from the incident. The right argues that this kind of dialogue ought to be celebrated - not labeled racist.


Is Megyn Kelly racist?

It's impossible to know what Kelly's intent was - but it’s fair to say she has said several things over the years that show a lack of understanding of the experiences of people of color. It's a stretch to call her a racist, but insensitive and unaware may be better words to describe her in this situation.

She should know better by now

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