After “Today” host Megyn Kelly’s on-air apology for defending the use of blackface in Halloween costumes, her colleague offered a scathing rebuke.
“The fact is, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the county,” Al Roker said. “This is a history, going back to the 1830s [with] minstrel shows. To demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right.”
He also cited more recent examples, including the “Amos ‘n’ Andy” series “where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters just magnifying the stereotypes about black people.”
Kelly initially indicated she did not see the problem with changing one’s skin tone to portray a character provided it was done respectfully.
In her apology, Kelly said that the “country feels so divided” and that she has “no wish to add to that pain and offense.”