Fox News’ Tucker Carlson lit into the hypocrisy of liberals in the face of Megyn Kelly’s controversial blackface remarks.
Speaking with guest Mark Steyn on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, the Fox News host shared a flashback image of NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt dressed for Halloween as British pop singer Susan Boyle.
“Take a look, very quickly, at this horrifying image. This is CNN’s Lester Holt, of course of NBC, dressed up as Susan Boyle the singer. He has changed his appearance in a way that is now very controversial,” Carlson began.
Holt’s impression of Boyle – in a wig and dress with his face painted white – can still be seen on Page Six where it is part of “The ‘Today’ show’s most unsettling Halloween costumes” in 2017. That is the same “Today” show that just fired Megyn Kelly over allegedly controversial remarks the NBC host had made about “blackface” in Halloween costumes.
“Megyn Kelly was just fired for suggesting it was not bad to dress up as a member of the opposite race,” Carlson continued, referring to the termination of the “Megyn Kelly Today” show.
Kelly set off a firestorm when she questioned the racism of blackface with Halloween costumes on her show last week. A subsequent emotional apology from the NBC show host seemed not to cool the fire, as the network replaced live tapings of her show with re-runs and slammed her on other programs.
“Look, I just want to be clear, I don’t think there’s an equivalence between the two. There is a long history of one and not of the other,” Carlson said Monday, referring to the long racist past of blackface in the U.S., going back to degrading “minstrel shows.”
“But I also wonder, I don’t think, there might be five people in America who would be deeply offended by what Lester Holt did. I’m not offended by it,” he added. “Maybe though if you dress like that you should be slightly less self-righteous in the face of other people’s transgressions.”
Holt covered Kelly’s comments on “NBC Nightly News,” though he only commented on her blackface remark even though she had mentioned both blackface and whiteface.
Canadian author and commentator Mark Steyn remarked that the use of blackface is “dead as a doornail.”
“The fact is again, it’s not about anything real. There is no, the minstrel tradition, the black face tradition in America is dead as a doornail,” he said.
“Bing Crosby, 1942, he wore black face for an Abraham Lincoln number in ‘Holiday Inn.’ Ten years later when he made the film ‘White Christmas’ he did a minstrel number in white face. Somewhere between 1942 and 1952 an entire tradition no longer became respectable and again, the cure is worse than the disease,” Steyn added.
“This is actually evil. I would like Lester Holt to do the news as Susan Boyle for a week. We should all get over this stuff,” he said.
“Let people apologize,” he said. “If there is no forgiveness, you can’t have a functioning society.”
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