Megyn Kelly Is Outraged That It’s Inappropriate To Go Blackface For Halloween: ‘It Was OK When I Was A Kid’

Megyn Kelly Today’s Tuesday show got a little nuts. It started with Megyn Kelly saying this.

“I have to give you a fair warning, I’m a little fired up over Halloween costumes this morning.”

And got a little worse when she said this.

“I mean truly, political correctness has gone amok. There are strict rules on what you may and may not wear issued by someone who thinks they’re the boss of you.”

Then it all went to hell. What was Megyn Kelly referencing? Her outrage that people can’t wear blackface as Halloween costumes.

As a black man who has to constantly be aware of his surroundings, the first thing I noticed about this little group chat is that every person sitting around that table is white. And they’re discussing what should and should not offend black people, Native Americans, and more.

Kelly’s entire defense of wearing blackface seems to stem from her (incorrect) recollection that it was OK to wear blackface when she was a kid.

“But, what is racist?” she asked. Because truly you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character.”

Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt pointed out on Twitter that Kelly’s memory is flawed.

Kelly further showed her confusion (or stupidity) by targeting Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lessep’s Diana Ross costume.

“Who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween,” Kelly said.

Not the same thing, Megyn. Just…not the same thing. Incidentally, de Lessep did draw criticism for her costume, and apologized. But first of all, she did not alter her appearance. Her fake tan is darker than the skin of many black people, and she made no effort to make it darker. Whether or not this is racist is a matter of interpretation, but my opinion is that impersonating a historical figure or iconic personality is not the same thing as wearing blackface, but if you add in the blackface element, it takes on a whole new meaning.

Guest Melissa Rivers suggested that kids dress up as Michael Jackson if they want to be a black person. Also not the same thing, but as parents, people need to understand that it crosses a boundary if you apply blackface to your child’s face.

Another guest panelist, NBC reporter Jacob Soboroff meekly spoke up and said that de Lessep’s costume “sounds a little racist to me…” Jenna Bush Hager, also a guest on Tuesday’s show, agreed.

The premise of this show seemed to be Kelly’s initial confusion over why it’s not OK to dress as a cowboy. Fair enough, but it deteriorated from there. Kelly is pulling her outrage from the student union at Kent University in the U.K., who recently released a list of costumes that are inappropriate and disallowed on their campus. Kent University’s list also included Native Americans (that pissed Kelly off, too), nuns, Harvey Weinstein, anything Mexican-based, and more.

“I don’t want the University of Kent telling me I can’t do it,” Kelly said.

First of all, they’re not. This list was intended for their students, not Megyn Kelly. The school is setting guidelines for what goes on at their campus.

Kelly has since apologized for her faux pas, but keep in mind that this isn’t the first time she’s been culturally tone deaf. Anyone remember the “Santa is white” controversy?

Soloroff logically pointed out that freedom of expression doesn’t mean you’re free from consequences.

Some people are incapable of change or growth, and it appears that Kelly is one of them.