Ummm, helloooo? Could Megyn Kelly really be this tone deaf about blackface at Halloween?

The same lady who once declared Santa Claus white asks "what's the big deal" about dressing up in blackface

Megyn Kelly
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Halloween is that time of year when otherwise intelligent white people convince themselves that wearing blackface is ok, and now we can officially add TV host Megyn Kelly to that list of the woefully mistaken.

Tuesday, the NBC daytime host surprised her viewers after she naïvely questioned whether the use of blackface on Halloween is really racist.

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“But what is racist?” Kelly pondered on Megyn Kelly Today to a panel that included Jenna Bush Hager, Jacob Soboroff and Melissa Rivers. “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.”

“Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as like a character,” Kelly continued.

Kelly then cited reality star Luann de Lesseps who decided to dress as Diana Ross with what appeared to be dark bronzer during the current season’s premiere of “The Real Housewives of New York.”

De Lesseps was criticized for skirting the lines of blackface and issued an apology, stating, “I was being an impersonator for Halloween. I didn’t mean to offend anyone by being Diana Ross for Halloween, it just didn’t even kind of enter my mind … I wasn’t at all worried about that, and all of a sudden it became a thing.”

“People said that was racist and I don’t know, I felt like, who doesn’t love Diana Ross?” Kelly said, echoing De Lesseps confusion. “She wanted to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween.”

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“It sounds a little racist to me,” Guest panelist Jacob Soboroff pointed out.

Former President George W. Bush’s daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, also said she thought the impersonation felt racist.

“I can’t keep up with the number of people that we’re offending just by being normal people,” an outnumbered Kelly quipped.

Not surprisingly, fans and celebrities alike took to social media to school the Kelly on what is beginning to look like an ongoing blindspot. She was similarly called out in 2013 while anchoring on Fox News Channel, after she told viewers that “Santa is just white,” and so is Jesus.

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