Megyn Kelly Fired Over Blackface Comments
The NBC talkshow host’s ratings have been down for some time; outrage over her comments have been swift
10/26/18, 4:32 pm EDT
By John Corry, photo from CelebBroPedia
Megyn Kelly has lost her morning show on NBC after making comments questioning the majority accepted definition of racism a few days ago.
“And people said that that was racist. And I don’t know! I thought like, who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween.”
She quickly responded with an apology:
"I want to begin with two words, I'm sorry..The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor..Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too." Megyn Kelly pic.twitter.com/6hHrvZLNvK— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) October 24, 2018
As punishment, NBC today officially fired Kelly over the comments, after several months of decreasing ratings for her NBC morning show, Megyn Kelly TODAY.
All comments on whether painting your face back is racist or not (I truly cannot understand this issue (in itself); if you want to ‘rid the world of racism’, the first step is to stop making ‘race’ such a big deal; isn’t that kind of self explanetory?), this feels far too much like a mob lynching than anything politically legitimate to me. I get it: blackface is a shitty thing, and people shouldn’t do it (again though, if someone is doing blackface to be a dick, they’re looking for a rise out of you; ignore it or you’re practically asking the person to do it again), but if someone could tell me how, exactly, what Kelly said was insanely racist, then I might be able to look at it differently. Until then, all I see is a person asking a question and then being responded to by a mob demanding her head for having the audacity to do such a terrible thing (how DARE she ask a question!!!!).
What’s that 2Pac line?
“Even the genius asks questions.”
I get that it’s a heated topic, but the revel in which so many liberal pundits are engrossed in with this only proves that this is not about actually having a conversation about what it means to be racist, it’s about telling YOU, exactly, what I KNOW being a racist Absolutely is.
As I’ve attempted to argue before, how I understand it now: identity isn’t as simple as I either have this identity or I don’t; it’s a complex system through which human beings are able to understand their potential, individualized places in an objectively collective world (objective/subjective duality being a basic sublet for perception). The concept of racism is also not so simple as to warrant mere finger-pointing and nothing else (at least not since hip-hop completely took over the music industry (because if America were a country full of obvious racists, how could that have happened? (Cultural appropriation? #Nihilist #Pessimist)). If we want ‘rid the world of racism’, and we’re not yet so comfortable with our natural proclivity for evil that we can let it fade out on its own, then we need to be able to have conversations about it. But, apparently, instead all anyone wants to do anymore is FREAK THE FUCK OUT and make a few bucks talking on CNN about their brilliant, philosophically poignant opinions everyone with a journalism degree obviously has.
I’m not saying that my opinion is the only one that matters, but that’s just the thing: my opinion is not the only one that matters (regardless of my skin color (and yes, that was a burn to the liberals telling me I’m less of a person because of my skin color (I understand your anger; anger does not justify racism))). If you think Trump’s rhetoric is the only thing that got that crazy person to send those bombs to those people over the last few days, take a look in the mirror: you’ve said to that guy, over and over and over again since Trump’s election, that he is less than a person, less than a thinking, feeling human being, and nothing more than a deplorable, closed minded hunk of shit because of the color of his skin, and because of the way he identifies himself. And then you told him that the idea of ‘questioning’ is equivalent to Absolute racism, to Absolute hatred.
The right to question things is the only intellectual connecting glue which we all inherently share. 2pac knew that. And when Biggie said, “We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves,” I’m not sure how much he was really thinking about shutting people down simply for questioning things when he wrote it.
“Much success to you, even if you wish me the opposite.” -Nas.
“It ain't where you're from, it's where you're at.” -Rakim.
“Take a little time out of your busy day to give encouragement to someone who's lost their way.” -Diana Ross.
You think these peeps were thinking about how vehemently society needs to be chastising people for daring to think outside the box when they said those things? You think you would feel disrespect from a person dressing up as you for Halloween? And if you were, would you make a big deal out of it? Or would you ‘be humble’ (sit down…). What does it say about a person getting offended by another person showing them respect before they meant to show them disdain (if you’ve figured that out)? And what does it say about a society which chooses to assume its knowledge of such an inter-personal understanding before even allowing someone to ask a question about it? How the hell are supposed to ‘know’ anything if we can’t even ask what we’re talking about? Or are ‘feelings’ the only thing that matters anymore?
Again, I don’t want to take away from the justification of offense at an issue with a long history of willful ignorance on the parts of people with no direct experience to the question at hand, I just don’t think it’s right to reward mob mentality over thought…
Unless I’m trying to make a buck ($$$).