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Megyn Kelly Hates That Blackface Complaints Are Spoiling Her White Fun

Sometimes Megyn Kelly makes me wonder if she is one of the few people in this world who has never been irritated by a good poke in her side. You know the kind. I’m talking about the ones where a person just randomly comes up to you and just jabs you right in the side with their finger and laughs. It’s the one that’s so sharp and annoying that it instantly makes you irritated and gripe “ouch that hurts.”

She’s also probably never been a victim of a repeat poke offender. The kind who, after you make such a protest and exclaim you’re in pain, do it again anyway. Just for kicks. A recent segment on Kelly’s show on NBC has me officially convinced that the host (formerly of FOX News) doesn’t know caca about this experience. If she had, then maybe she would have never called the racism of Blackface into question and in turn, reminded us of our confusion over her presence on a national liberal television outlet in the first place.

On Tuesday, Kelly gathered a crew of white guests for an episode of “Megyn Kelly Today” to question whether Blackface is racist.

The NBC host, who has stirred up controversy on her show on numerous occasions for questions that have been labeled as “sexist” and “ageist,” attempted to call into question the offensiveness of racist Halloween costumes and Blackface specifically. What’s worse, the daytime host used her airtime to question her all-white panel of guests if our impression of racism has become too sensitive. Yes, it looks like even years after Kelly took to the air to emphatically insist to little children everywhere that Santa and Jesus could never be Black, the host has returned to haunt us with her ignorance and make known her privilege and racist outlook  yet again. After a discussion about racist Halloween costumes, Kelly cut in and asked “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.” And she didn’t stop there, Kelly also went on to muse that “Back when I was a kid that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”

Fingers crossed someone at NBC can explain to Kelly that what she really meant to say was that back in her day, growing up in the ‘70s in a white suburb of Albany, New York (whose population was occupied by only 12 percent Black people at the time), that there were likely no Black people around her to properly inform her view about racism in our country. If there had been, maybe Kelly would have learned that Blackface has historically been used as a tool by white people to stoke the worst stereotypes of Black people and for decades characterize them as lazy, dumb and buffoonish. Maybe she would have found herself even just a bit horrified by the fact that every year, the Black community continues to watch people display this ignorant practice. She might even have been disgusted to find that these same people willfully copying the gestures of others who just decades ago used it to portray Black people as happy-go-lucky slaves in an effort to undermine anti-Jim Crow and anti-slavery movements.

No doubt, Kelly’s adolescent life in a nondiverse neighborhood like Albany and her continued acquirement of like-minded social circle of a similar background today have kept her from understanding that when a person screams “ouch” you listen. You do not whine because you can’t have your heedless forms of “fun” anymore. Black people aren’t out here to “spoil the fun” for everyone, we’re trying to save our lives, and make sure that people see us as humans, not caricatures to be worn as costumes, or animals to be profiled and shot in our own neighborhoods.

(And also, since when did humiliating people equate to good times?)

Kelly’s unchecked privilege and outlook on race issues in the country she reports on can be compiled in her last comment in the segment that aired yesterday. There she quips “I can’t keep up with the number of people that we’re offending just by being normal people.” Here’s hoping that another person at NBC can explain to Kelly that what she really meant to say was “by being oblivious white people.”

Soon after the show aired, Kelly was forced to apologize to her colleagues after she faced backlash and criticism from within NBC and its followers online.

According to The Hollywood Reporter,  Kelly apologized to her colleagues and friends in an internal email writing “One of the wonderful things about my job is that I get the chance to express and hear a lot of opinions. Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views.” The host went onto explain that she thought Blackface “seemed okay if done as part of this holiday where people have the chance to make themselves look like others… I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.”

Of course, Kelly’s email is a reminder that while, yes, it can be too late to say sorry and too late to learn (the body count of the number of POC killed in this country by police brutality and happy trigger racists on a yearly basis can prove this) it’s always better late than never. Still, I can’t help but look at Kelly’s history of ignorance, and her consistently obstinate commentary on racial issues in our country and wonder what such a privilege to be able to do so must feel like. I’m not sure. I’ve never gotten the allure of Blackface. Certainly, I’ve never poked someone in the side and pouted when they said stop just because I didn’t like that it meant I couldn’t get gratification out of it anymore.

Anyway, all this is to say that I’d like to put in an order for Soledad O’Brien, Ilia Calderón or Ann Curry for her replacement. This is not the NBC I ordered.


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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

Another day, another Latina’s shopping experience ending in Donald Trump-inspired xenophobia.

On Friday, while Dulce Nereyda, her daughter and mother were looking for baby shower gifts at an Arizona Walmart, they were interrupted by a bearded white man who didn’t like that she and her mom were speaking to each other in Spanish.

The Mexican-American woman, who didn’t get the entire encounter on camera, shared what she was able to record from the frightening verbal assault on Facebook.

“This ⬇️ man starts yelling, ‘I can’t wait until Trump does away with you all!’ I was like, ‘Excuse me.’ He yelled ‘Leave, just leave. YOU DON’T BELONG HERE!’ All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom,” she wrote of the unnamed man.

Dulce was stunned by the sudden display of racism and was unsure what to do. After seeing her daughter’s face, she felt like she couldn’t remain quiet, pulling out her phone to record the man harassing her and reminding him that she, too, belonged in the country.

So it really F*** happened ????????!!! As my Beautiful mommi, JORDAN, and I are shopping for Beto Ramos baby shower tomorrow at Walmart on Huntington. This ⬇️ man starts yelling " I can't wait until Trump does away with you all!" I was like excuse me. He yelled "Leave just leave YOU DON'T BELONG HERE!" All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom. I was so caught off guard that I didn't even know what to do. I always thought what would I ever do if that happened to me or my mom and it did. I felt scared at first and then I saw the look on my baby girls face ????????????. So if you know me I couldn't just leave it like that. I WANT TO EXPOSE THIS MAN FOR THE RACIST HE IS! And I assured my little Queen that this is her home and WE DO BELONG HERE????????????????!!!

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“So do you want to tell me to get out again? Because this is my country, too,” she said as the camera faced the man.

While the man initially ignored her, it didn’t take long for him to continue with his bigoted, pro-Trump rant, saying, “I wish you guys would leave, and I can’t wait till we build the wall.”  

Making no indication that she had any intentions on leaving her country, Dulce once more asserted that she is American and that English is not the official language of the United States.

She says she posted the encounter on Facebook to both expose the man for the “racist he is” and also send an important message to her daughter.

“I assured my little queen that this is her home and we do belong,” she said.

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Michelle Rodriguez Insists Liam Neeson Isn’t Racist Against Black People Because He Kissed Viola Davis

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Michelle Rodriguez Insists Liam Neeson Isn’t Racist Against Black People Because He Kissed Viola Davis

Earlier this week, actor Liam Neeson gave a candid and surprising interview with the Independent. Neeson spoke to the reporter in support of his new movie titled “Cold Pursuit,” in which his character takes revenge against the drug cartel because he believes they killed his son. Neeson said that for him to portray a vengeful person, he channeled his anger that he struggled with 40 years ago. The award-winning actor revealed that it was 40 years ago that a female friend of his confided to him that she had been raped. He asked her what the perpetrator looked like, and when she expressed that her rapist was black, Neeson got angry and sought revenge.

“I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could…kill him,” Neeson said in that interview.

Since the revelation of his “primal” instinct, Neeson has faced an enormous amount of backlash with many on social media calling him a racist. It is because of the negativity that he continues to receive that executives decided to cancel his red-carpet event for the premiere of his movie. However, at least one of his former co-stars has come to his defense, though with a rather odd point of view.

Actress Michelle Rodriguez said Neeson isn’t racist because he kissed actress Viola Davis in a movie.

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The “Fast and The Furious” star said on Wednesday during a red-carpet event that Neeson couldn’t possibly be racist because of his open-mouth kiss during a scene in their movie. The actors all stared in the film “Widows,” which was released last year.

“It’s all fuckin’ bullshit,” Rodriguez said, according to Vanity Fair. “Liam Neeson is not a racist. Dude, have you watched ‘Widows’? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s throat. You can’t call him a racist ever. Racists don’t make out with the race that they hate, especially in the way he does with his tongue—so deep down her throat. I don’t care how good of an actor you are. It’s all bullshit. Ignore it. He’s not a racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies.”

Rodriguez’s comment certainly got the attention of people on social media.

It’s incredibly bizarre for Rodriguez to believe one thing is related to the other.

Some pointed out the historical context between racist white men and black women.

Rodriguez seems to be a bit clueless about the facts of this country.

Others compared her dismissive comment to that of Gina Rodriguez’s “anti-black views.”

We will have to wait and see if Rodriguez responds to her backlash regarding Neeson, or if other actors come to his defense.

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