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Amber Ruffin On Megyn Kelly's Defense Of Blackface

By Kristy Puchko | TV | October 24, 2018 |

By Kristy Puchko | TV | October 24, 2018 |


In the latest edition of Megyn Kelly Is A Racist, the Today host defended blackface, a practice that by its very definition is racist.

And before NBC went into damage control mode with a panel of Today contributors of color (and Savannah Guthrie), before Al Roker’s well-earned anger served as the opening act to a tearful Megyn Kelly apology on her hour of the show, NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers laid into Kelly’s hardy defense of blackface with a scorching segment from the amazing Amber Ruffin.

For all those people still head-scratching over why blackface is offensive, Ruffin offered succinctly:

“Look, Megyn Kelly asked a question, and here’s the answer. Blackface is racist because it turns black people into a costume and divorces them from their humanity. We’re people. Not costumes. But more importantly, it ignored the severely racist context in which blackface was introduced into this country. And actions don’t exist separate from their contexts.”

Ruffin is great. NBC, give her a raise. And fire Megyn Kelly already. Don’t be fooled by the weaponization of white woman tears.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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