Megyn Kelly doesn't understand why blackface on Halloween is racist

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'But what is racist?

She acknowledged that nowadays "you get in trouble" for being a white person who puts on blackface (her panel nodded in agreement) or the reverse (more nodding). "Back when I was a kid, that was okay just as long as you were dressing as a character".

Kelly also brought up the controversy sparked after a white star of Real Housewives of NY wore a Diana Ross costume.

Uh-oh. It's that time of year when white people "debate" whether or not blackface Halloween costumes are racist or at all acceptable.

This is perhaps the most controversial statement Kelly has made since joining NBC and debuting on Today, where she took over the 9am slot after the network chose to cancel previous hosts Al Roker and Tamron Hall.

NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff replied, "I haven't seen it, but it sounds racist to me". Jenna Bush Hager concurred with a simple, "Me too". "I can't keep up with the number of people we're offending just by being normal people", the host exclaimed. I felt like: Who doesn't love Diana Ross? "You are on national television". So social media users took it upon themselves to educate Megyn Kely about the errors of her apparently oblivious ways. This is so damaging'. You may have Megyn Kelly's seal of approval, but the majority of polite society has moved forward. "Because caricaturing another race perpetuates the dehumanisation of POC who are being killed & jailed at a disproportionate rate in the U.S.".

"I can not believe the ignorance on this in 2018". And here it is!'

"What is racist?" she asked somewhat rhetorically when she and the other white people on her panel were inexplicably charged with deciding what is and isn't offensive to Black people.

Then, in what seemed like a freaky pivot, Kelly shifted the conversation to The Real Housewives of NY. But when you put shoe polish or whatever else on your skin to approximate what you think people of color look like, you are equating blackness with Otherness.

Kelly then went on to state that Jesus' whiteness was a matter of historical fact, despite an abundance of evidence to the contrary.

Kelly ended with, "I don't know".

'How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy in the story and change Santa from white to black?' Kelly, however, didn't understand Bravo viewers' outrage over the costume.

"As parents, or even as the people creating costumes, we need to be very aware of what that says", one professor told the NYT.

Dress up in Michael Jackson's red leather jacket if you must.

Topic number one involved the student union at Kent University in the United Kingdom who created a list of Halloween costumes that are offensive or inappropriate. The iconic Diana Ross came up as an example.

All three panelists seemed genuinely confused as to why one would want to dress as Weinstein, with melissa Rivers noting: 'That's creepy'.

Kelly was all fired up by the student union at the University of Kent, a college in England.

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