On her Tuesday morning show, Kelly asked her panel "what is racist" about wearing blackface, then proceeded to make the following argument: "But what is racist [about it], because truly you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as a character."
"Dear Megyn Kelly -- you and I are approximately the same age," Oswalt tweeted following the discussion. "Blackface was NOT okay when we were kids. Take it from a bighearted boy who just wanted to show his love for Nipsey Russell on the worst Halloween of my life."
Dear @megynkelly — you and I are approximately the same age. Blackface was NOT okay when we were kids. Take it from a big-hearted boy who just wanted to show his love for Nipsey Russell on the worst Halloween of my life. https://t.co/pnsk0WmuTw
During the conversation, Kelly's panelists -- Melissa Rivers, Jenna Bush Hager and Jacob Soboroff -- appeared fully aware of the inappropriateness of darkening one's skin for a costume, but they didn't specifically call out the NBC morning show personality for excusing it.
"I think there are limits as to how far you want to go because you're making people feel bad," Bush said. Rivers added, "Normal people kinda know where that line is."
Lakshmi took aim at Kelly as well, tweeting, "I cannot believe the ignorance on this in 2018. You are on national television. You have a responsibility to educate yourself on social issues, Megyn Kelly. This is so damaging."
"Because Megyn Kelly: minstrelsy is the basis for the coining of the term 'Jim Crow' laws which served to humiliate and target Black Americans. Because caricaturing another race perpetuates the dehumanization of POC who are being killed and jailed at a disproportionate rate in the U.S.," she added.
Because @megynkelly: minstrelsy is the basis for the coining of the term "Jim Crow" laws which served to humiliate & target Black Americans. Because caricaturing another race perpetuates the dehumanization of POC who are being killed & jailed at a disproportionate rate in the US https://t.co/xk2RAr2Kxq
But this isn't the first time Kelly has made racial remarks on the air that didn't sit well with viewers. In 2013, she declared on her Fox News show that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white.
"Jesus was a white man, too. It's like we have -- he's a historical figure. That's a verifiable fact, as is Santa. I just want kids to know that," Kelly said, arguing against Santa Claus being depicted as a black man. "How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy in the story and change Santa from white to black?"
"For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white," she said to wrap up the segment that caused outrage, just as her blackface comments did.
See how celebrities, political commentators, journalists and everyone under the sun is responding to Kelly's controversial comments in the tweets below.
I'm older than Megyn Kelly. And no, when we were kids, it was definitely NOT OKAY for white kids to put on blackface, because even then we knew about the deep historical racism of blackface. Appalling then, appalling now. https://t.co/ZDr7Qhrxwo
The same Megyn Kelly who gets upset when Jesus and Santa aren't portrayed as white — reminder: scholars think neither Jesus nor Saint Nicholas were — doesn't give a shit if you wear racist blackface for Halloween. Remind me why she was mainstreamed again?
So this is how free speech works, Megyn Kelly. You have the right to be a racist a**hole if you want, but other people also have the right to call you a racist a**hole when you are. https://t.co/BlANYEmoTe
Megyn Kelly thinks blackface Halloween costumes are okay because this system of white supremacy she grew up with also gave her a three-year, $69 million contract to anchor her own live morning show on NBC despite her low ratings.
So no to black Santa Claus bc that's not real but yes to black face if you're a white person dressing up as a specific black person bc that makes it more real? Lolololol Megyn Kelly isn't just a racist, she's a racist with an underdeveloped imagination.
Megyn Kelly insists that Santa and Jesus can only be white and that there's nothing wrong with blackface. So if anyone dresses as a Klan member on Halloween they can just explain, "I'm Megyn Kelly"#megynkelly