Megyn Kelly & Blackface
Day Of Dougie Commentary
November 3, 2018
Megyn Kelly lost her job earlier this week. And while that’s not really a big surprise based on her ratings, the reason why is kind of crazy. Stupid actually. Megyn had guest on her show and the topic of discussion was blackface or more specifically, white people using blackface to pretend to be black people. It was a discussion about Halloween and dressing up as famous people of other races and Kelly asked this:
“But what is racist? Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”
That was it. No, she did not get caught wearing blackface. She did not say that it was a good thing. She has not, to my knowledge or anyone’s, ever worn blackface. She just asked a question and said that “when I was a kid, it was OK, so long as you were dressing up as, like a character.” And for that, she was forced to apoplogize repeatedly, had her show cancelled and has been fired from NBC. And labeled a racist.
Has the world gone insane? Don Lemon calls white men “the biggest terror threat in this country” and it’s perfectly okay with CNN. Louis Farrakhan compares Jews to roaches and a week later, 11 people were shot at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and no one bats an eye. It seems as if anyone can say anything and it’s okay, unless you’re a conservative or work for Donald Trump. And while Megyn Kelly certainly isn’t a fan of the President, she did have a long hiustory working at Fox News and that put a target on her back and at the first opportunity, the folks at NBC who were jealous of her noteriety and the big money she was making, decided to try and put her down. And what was a simple comment that five years ago, no one would have given a second thought, has cost this woman everything.
All Megyn said, that is being taken way out of context in my opinion, is that, “back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.” That’s not racist. Thats just the truth. When we were kids, and for the record, I’m 52 years old and Megyn is 48 so we grew up roughly about the same time, people didn’t have the politically correct stick up their asses as they do now. When you dressed up for Halloween, you were doing so to have fun and celebrate the holiday and some costumes, if you were dressing up like a famous person, did require make-up to make you resemble that person even more. I remembere seeing friends dress up like Cheech and Chong for example, and wearing the flannel shirts, the headbands, fake moustaches and talking with the exaggerated Cheech and Chong accents? Were they being racist against Mexicans and Latinos? No, they were just paying homage to Cheech and Chong. When you dressed up like a monster, you wore white or green face paint andtried to look as much like the monster as possible. When you dressed up like a vampire, you used make-up to look as pale as possible. When you dressed up like a black person or entertainer, you used make-up to look and resemble that person as much as possible. That’s the way it was and no one, black or white, considered it racist. It was emulation and people trying to be characters that they knew, loved, respected, etc. Politically correct? Not really, but in that time and era, things weren’t always politically correct. People had thicker skins, understood the difference between trying to be hateful and insulting and trying to have fun, and as I said before, didn’t have quite the stick up their ass that they do now.
Remember the old Saturday Night Live skits where Billy Crystal used to play the character of Sammy Davis Jr. Crystal used make-up to darken his skin and make his resemblence to Sammy as close as possible. Was that racist? No, that was playing a character. Sammy didn’t care and saw it for what it truly was, an homage and show of respect from a man that he admired and that greatly admired him back.
If you want to see the disrespectful side of blackface, look at Ted Danson, formerly of “Cheers” and currently the star of “The Good Place”, which just so happens to air on NBC, the same network that is terminating Kelly for speaking of blackface. Way back in 1993 at a Friar’s Club Roast for Whoopi Goldberg, his girlfriend at the time, Danson appeared in full blackface and helped to “roast” Goldberg. He used the “N-Word” many times and was rightfully criticized for his actions, but I don’t recall him losing his job for it or being kicked off Cheers. And it hasn’t hurt him in having steady work on television since. But Danson is a liberal and his show has ratings so being a racist bastard in deed and action is quite okay, but just making a reference to the way things were thirty-five years ago, is enough to be labeled a racist, fired from your job and have your career destroyed. Okay, got it!
Where is the common sense here, people? Megyn made that comment, apologized repeatedly even though she actually didn’t say anything wrong, at least not in comparison to what the people at CNN, The View, MSNBC, various politicians, etc, all say daily. But since she’s not a liberal, she gets the axe while the rest get a free pass. Hypocrisy rules the day.
Let me close with this. Megyn Kelly will be okay. She’s a good reporter and even though this entire scenario reeks of hypocrisy and jealousy, she’ll be paid a lot of money to buy out her contract by NBC, will probably write a book or two and I expect will resurface somewhere once the heat dies down. But this whole thing is just so stupid. What ever happened to common sense and not jumping the gun over everything. People are just looking for a reason to be offended and complain and damn the consequences… if it’s someone who they don’t like or doesn’t necessarily agree with their points of view. Megyn didn’t do anything wrong, but tell the truth as she saw it and as it was when she was a kid. And it all hit the fan, only because she’s Megyn Kelly. Can you imagine if she had actually dressed up like a black person and wore blackface? No, then the haters would have a reason to be upset. But she’s not Joy Behar so it’s not okay. (Joy actually did show off, on the View, a picture of herself when she was 29 years old, dressed up as a “beautiful African woman”.) The picture was taken in 1971 so in her own way, Behar is confirming what Kelly said about “back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”
Bottom line of all of this is, blackface is not good and doing it now and today is considered racist. And for a black person to put on white face paint, that’s racist too. So unless you were born with a black face, don’t use blackface. And unless you’re a vampire or mime, don’t use whiteface. Just be you and whatever color God actually made your face or else someone will be offended and you’ll lose your job and have your life destroyed. It’s the American way, in today’s America anyhow. Man, this place is crazy.
Ya’ll think about it. Comments, thoughts and any questions welcome. Have a great one.