CNN’s Don Lemon Rips Megyn Kelly: There’s Never Been a Time in Her Life When Blackface Was ‘Acceptable’
CNN's Don Lemon thoroughly denounced NBC's Megyn Kelly on Tuesday night over her defense of blackface in the context of Halloween costumes.
CNN’s Don Lemon thoroughly denounced NBC’s Megyn Kelly on Tuesday night over her defense of blackface in the context of Halloween costumes.
Lemon was quite exasperated when he joined Chris Cuomo for a chat about Kelly’s remarks, which he described as “stupid” right off the bat. He continued to say that “there has never been a time” in Kelly’s life where blackface was ever really considered “acceptable.”
“This is what people of the larger culture don’t understand about racism and about privilege. I don’t know of many black people who are trying to be white people for Halloween or dressing up as white people but I know a lot of people who do it as black people…I think people really need to educate themselves about this particular issue, and we need to realize in this culture that some people do have a privilege where they don’t have to think about it. It does not exist to them.”
Kelly has drawn considerable outrage over her remarks, and she has apologized to her NBC colleagues in a company email. As for Lemon, he said Megyn is “not aware of the history of this country,” took a shot at her ratings, and said the controversy might’ve been avoided if she was more conscientious about race.
“The people who are hiring people like Megyn, like me and you should realize how important diversity is, how important it is for their talent to know the history of this country and not say stupid things like, it’s okay. It’s always been okay for people to dress up as long as they’re honoring and memorializing someone. It’s never okay.”
Lemon concluded by arguing that this isn’t about political correctness, saying that people who claim to be un-PC use that as an “excuse” for how they “don’t understand the nuances of racism.” He also said that Kelly should be more attuned to the implications of her words, “especially if you are one of the highest paid people” in TV news.
“I think it’s a little bit of the Fox affect, to be honest with you,” Cuomo said. “This all used to be okay where she used to be.”
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Published on 24 Oct 2018 at 02:32AM