Former NBC personality Megyn Kelly slammed her previous employer for its hypocritical attitude toward blackface, pointing to a number of its programs that have featured characters in precisely that type of racially insensitive presentation, the Washington Examiner reports.
Kelly, who was fired from NBC in 2018 over a blackface controversy of her own, took to Twitter late last month to blast the media organization, emphasizing “Jimmy Fallon, Fred Armisen, Tina Fey, Ted Danson, Jane Krakowski, John Hamm, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Ken Jeong, [and] Julianne Hough” as among the network-affiliated artists who have engaged in such portrayals.
“NBC loves blackface”
It has emerged in recent weeks that numerous programs aired on NBC going all the way back to 2000 included characters in blackface. Popular shows such as Scrubs, SNL, and 30 Rock are among those in which such depictions were used.
The names that Kelly tweeted all belong to popular industry figures who have appeared in blackface and yet remained employed by the network.
The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon recently apologized for a 2000 skit on SNL in which the caucasian comedian dressed up in blackface to perform an impersonation of comedian Chris Rock, as USA Today noted.
Tina Fey, executive producer of NBC’s 30 Rock, recently had episodes of the show that featured blackface made unavailable for streaming, as the Los Angeles Times reported.
For a network that was so quick to oust the semi-conservative Kelly for even the slightest appearance of racial insensitivity, the powers that be at NBC really seem to have a bit of a blackface problem on their own hands.
Woke activists or closeted racists?
Media organizations and Hollywood figures alike love to paint themselves as woke activists dedicated to racial progress, but here we have a prime example of those same figures doing the very things they condemn when done by others.
This hypocritical approach isn’t limited to Tinseltown, of course — it also extends to Democrat politicians.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) apologized after yearbook photos showing him in blackface emerged in early 2019, but there were hardly calls from Democratic Party leadership for him to step down.
The Hollywood elite and their enablers on the left clearly consider themselves exempt from the rules they arrogantly impose on the rest of society.
As such, Megyn Kelly should be glad she was forced out of NBC is is no longer associated with purveyors of such a glaring double standard.