7:30pm PT by Katie Kilkenny
'Full Frontal' Explains Why Blackface Is Racist to Megyn Kelly
During a satirical segment on Wednesday's Full Frontal, host Samantha Bee and writer/correspondent Ashley Nicole Black added to the uproar over Megyn Kelly's controversial blackface comments.
Responding to Kelly's remarks on her Tuesday Megyn Kelly Today show that she didn't know why blackface on Halloween was racist, Bee and Black decided to enlighten her. Before ceding the educational segment to Black, who said she did her master's thesis on blackface minstrelsy, Bee noted that this isn't the first time that Kelly has made a controversial remark about race.
"Damn! I guess when Megyn said Santa was white, I guess what she meant was, unless it's Halloween and he wants to honor Diana Ross," Bee joked, referring to Kelly's skepticism about the controversy over a Diana Ross Halloween costume worn by The Real Housewives of New York City's Luann, and bringing up a Fox News segment from 2013 in which Kelly argued that Jesus and Santa were white.
Black proceeded to explain that blackface minstrelsy was one of the "earliest American theatrical forms" that appeared in vaudeville, radio and sitcoms. "So our nation's entire comedy aesthetic was built on stereotypes about black people. And the idea that is was funny to blow up black people," she said. "But forget it: I wouldn't want centuries of harm to ruin your Halloween, Becky."
"Imagine how you'd feel if every cartoon for 100 years was about a prissy blonde who spelled 'Megyn' wrong getting smushed by anvils," Bee joked.
Black concluded her part in the segment by noting that two popular black anchors, Tamron Hall and Al Roker, had their morning show canceled and replaced by Kelly's lower-rated show.
Since Kelly's comments, which she has apologized for twice, the House of Cards cast has canceled their appearance on her morning show, and Kelly and agency CAA have parted ways. Kelly is expected to end her morning show by the end of the season.
See the full segment below.