Liberals may be in quite a quandary this Halloween. What should they do if their white son or daughter comes to them and asks to dress up as a black superhero from Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie? Is it OK for them to darken their appearance to look more like the role or not?
That sort of question came up on The Megyn Kelly Show, and a now Kelly is feeling pressured to apologize for how she answered it.
During a roundtable discussion in front of a live studio audience, Kelly, presidential daughter Jenny Hager Bush, TV personality Melissa Rivers, and NBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff talked about whether the University of Kent had gone too far in considering banning their students from wearing particular Halloween costumes.
The long list of costume transgressions included cowboys, priests, Mexicans, Nazis, crusaders, priests, nuns, Native Americans, ISIS bombers, Israeli soldiers, and Mohammed, as well as any use of blackface, according to the UK’s The Independent. Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Caitlyn Jenner, and “transsexual” TV stars were also part of the proposed ban.
Students have already started a petition to overturn the proposal. The panelists on Kelly’s show thought that the college had gone too far, too.
“Isn’t the whole purpose of Halloween to dress up and pretend you’re something other than yourself?” Kelly asked, calling the list “absurd.”
The panelists and audience seemed to largely agree with most of Kelly’s points, but when she mentioned blackface, the tide turned against her. Kelly brought up a “Real Housewives of New York” character who darkened her skin and dressed up as Diana Ross, the lead singer of the black vocal group the Supremes.
“People said that that was racist, and I don’t know. I felt like: Who doesn’t love Diana Ross?” Kelly said. “She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween.”
“It sounds a little racist to me!” Soboroff piped up.
“Me, too!” Bush added.
“I can’t believe the number of people we’re offending by just being like normal people these days,” Kelly countered before quickly moving to a new topic.
Liberal media outlets and commentators pummeled Kelly throughout the day.
Kelly released a letter apologizing for her remarks later Tuesday afternoon, according to Politico.
“To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up as Diana Ross to make herself look like this amazing woman as a way of honoring and respecting her?” she wrote. “I realized now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I’m sorry.”
“The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep,” she continued. “I’ve never been a ‘pc’ kind of person — but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year.”
Watch the full show segment below: