Megyn Kelly got in trouble after her insensitive comments on blackface being Okay as long as it's for a Halloween costume. But that's easy to say when you're not being knifed on all sides, as she is: NBCers don't like her because of her disproportionate salary-to-viewership ratio, liberals don't like her because of her Fox pedigree, conservatives don't like her because of her history with Trump.
Multiple sources told us that NBC could pull the plug on "Megyn Kelly Today" by year's end.
"The fact is while she apologized to the set she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country", Roker said. Going back to the 1830s, minstrel shows. "And that's what the big problem is", he added.
"In addition to her being a colleague, she's a friend", he said. Others said NBC was unrealistic about expectations for her show. "She said something indefensible". "I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry", she said. Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen.
The most interesting thing about the fallout was how many people at her own network, even her own show, leaped to stomp her over it. The country feels so divided, and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. "This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that".
Noting the historical significance of the act, and the limited scope provided by Kelly's all-white panel, Ruffin pointed out "the severely racist context in which blackface was introduced into this country" was ignored, and reminded viewers that "actions don't exist separate to their context".
Soon after Roker's comments, Kelly did apologize on air, then convened a discussion about the history of blackface that included black panelists.
Holmes said that the teaching moment should "challenge stereotypes that we may have about different racial and ethnic groups and think, 'Wait a minute, is that fair?"
I resent having to have an opinion about this latest stupid chattering-class outrage du jour.
Kelly has since apologized for questioning if it's racist to do blackface on Halloween, as well as her comments about a Diana Ross costume. "If I'm black and I'm telling you it's wrong and it's hurtful to me, can you respect me?" she asked. "The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep". Megyn Kelly went on and she was talking about being in costume, talking about a white woman who had put on a costume of Diana Ross and made her skin look a little darker so she looked more like Diana Ross, and she said "gee, I think this would be OK". Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year.