NBC’s Craig Melvin, Al Roker: Megyn Kelly Owes Bigger Apology for ‘Stupid,’ ‘Indefensible’ Blackface Comments
Megyn Kelly received criticism from several of her NBC colleagues on Wednesday over her controversial remarks about blackface yesterday.
The TODAY show ran a report on how Kelly is apologizing after drawing outrage for defending blackface when its used for Halloween costumes. When the segment opened up for discussion, Savannah Guthrie called it an “uncomfortable” situation before Al Roker called on Kelly to make a broader statement over the incident.
“The fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is our history.”
Craig Melvin got in next, calling it “silly” and “disingenuous” to dismiss the matter as a moment of rampant political correctness. He continued to say that Kelly is his friend, but “she said something stupid. She said something indefensible.”
“And the fact is a lot of folks don’t realize that Jim Crow, short hand for the racist laws that existed in this country for much of the last century, especially in the deep south, the term Jim Crow came from a minstrel show in the 1830s. It was an opportunity for us to learn more about blackface, but I think a lot of people knew about blackface before yesterday.”
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