Halloween is always getting people in trouble. There’s just something about feeling liberated to dress in costume that makes people stupid. (I hate to bring this up, but remember how now-beloved Prince Harry turned up as a Nazi, complete with swastika armband at a costume party in 2005, subsequently appearing on the front page of The Sun beside the headline “Harry the Nazi”?)
On Tuesday, American television presenter Megyn Kelly, host of the third hour of the “Today” show on the US free-to-air channel NBC, embraced blackface as a Halloween costume choice. No, she didn’t don it. (Thank God.) But she and her fellow panelists were grumbling about all the costumes deemed politically incorrect when she suddenly dropped this: “What is racist? You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. When I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”
Seriously? Whom did she dress up as when she was a kid? Al Jolson?
Do we really need to give her a history lesson in the racism of white minstrels slathering their faces