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Megyn Kelly Fired For Mentioning Blackface, Kimmel Still Has Job After Wearing It

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There is a glaring double standard within the establishment media, and the recent drama surrounding Megyn Kelly is the latest chance to look this bias in the face.

Blackface, that is. It appears that Kelly is being forced out of her lucrative hosting job at NBC after she defended Halloween party-goers who use black makeup to dress up as African American characters.

But the same people who seemed eager to crucify Kelly’s career were strangely silent when a liberal late night host took blackface even further years before.

“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,” she stated on her show, “Megyn Kelly Today.”

“That was OK when I was a kid, as long as you were dressing like a character,” she continued.

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Kelly was quickly attacked from many sides for the allegedly insensitive statement — and the chairman of NBC News even declared that the statement was grounds for the onetime Fox News host to be fired from the show.

“There is no other way to put this, but I condemn those remarks,” chairman Andy Lack stated, according to The New York Times. “There is no place on our air or in this workplace for them.”

“On Wednesday’s ‘Today’ show, news anchor Craig Melvin called her comments ‘racist and ignorant,’ and the generally genial Al Roker said that Kelly ‘owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country,'” we earlier reported.

It’s worth pointing out that Kelly’s actual quote really only mentioned that using black makeup — commonly called blackface — was more common when she was younger, which is almost certainly true.

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Still, the host was forced to grovel for her job and quickly issued an apology for daring to make a personal observation.

“I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry,” Kelly stated in an email. “The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.”

“I learned given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country, it is not OK for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise,” she also tearfully said during a TV appearance.

But it didn’t matter. Ironically proving her point about black makeup getting people into trouble, NBC signaled that Kelly would likely be leaving the network.

Rewind to “The Man Show.” That was the comedic program created by Jimmy Kimmel that helped launch him to fame over a decade ago … and one of its segments needs to be seen by everyone who is outraged by Megyn Kelly’s comments.

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During his show, Kimmel went much further than talking about blackface. He wore it.

Covered in dark makeup in an attempt to appear African American and adopting a “black accent” that could easily be called racist, Kimmel assumed the character of Karl Malone, a real-life retired basketball player.

Here’s the appalling part: The use of makeup to mock a black person is exactly what blackface was used for in the days of minstrel shows, which means that if Kelly was “racist” for talking about it in the context of Halloween, Kimmel was a hundred times more offensive by actually doing it for cheap laughs.

Yet he was never reprimanded. He was never forced to give a crying apology on television and then pushed out of his job.

No. Instead, Kimmel is now a liberal darling who constantly slams President Trump to cheering fans on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” If anything, he has been rewarded by the same media moguls that are gnashing their teeth over Megyn Kelly.

Let’s be clear: Blackface does have a racially insensitive history, and steering clear of using it or encouraging it is a pretty safe plan. But the fact that Kelly will likely lose her job for merely mentioning it, while Kimmel is held up as a leftist icon, is definitely eye-opening.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.




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