Megyn Kelly and Robert Downey Jr. have become to somewhat randomly chosen opponents over the issue of blackface, with Megyn claiming that Robert got a pass for his film role wearing blackface, yet she gets “cancelled” for even talking about it.
Double standards, she says. Megyn Kelly, former newscaster, posted a tweet about Robert Downey Jr.’s 2008 role, where he wore makeup to darken his skin for his role in “Tropical Thunder.” He has discussed the role in openly since that time, noting that it was intended to open the discussion and highlight how wrong blackface is. He also took a lot of heat for the role at the time, with many not happy about it, but his performance went on to receive an Oscar nomination.
R. Downey Jr: wears blackface for Universal w/o regret bc it “sparked a necessary convo.” Univer.: yay Robert!👏🏻— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 23, 2020
Me: Never worn blackface but had one of those “necessary convos” re how standard seems to have changed over time.NBC-Univer: F.U.! Cancelled! https://t.co/t1uIj6chPJ
Downey even discussed it earlier in the week on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, saying, “In my defense, ‘Tropic Thunder’ is about how wrong [blackface] is, so I take exception.”
“It was impossible to not have it be an offensive nightmare of a movie. And 90 percent of my black friends were like, ‘Dude, that was great,'” the 54-year-old divulged on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.
He also defended himself against those who criticized his role: “I can’t disagree with them, but I know where my heart was and I think that it’s never an excuse to do something that is out of place and not of its time, but to me, it was just putting — a blasting cap on.”
Megyn Kelly – naturally – got dragged for the tweet, with people letting her know just how clueless she is. “This privileged twit still doesn’t get it. She will NEVER get it,” wrote actress Yvette Nicole Brown.
Others made attempts to summarize the point of the film and Downey’s role in it: “The Black face was satirical. Very specifically making fun of Hollywood actors who go to extremes, berate cast and crew, and are viewed as heroes despite being vile humans. Gotta watch for context, Megyn. Be a critical thinker,” wrote one Twitter user.
Other users noted that Megyn Kelly must be super fun at parties. “So you don’t understand how satire works. Fun,” wrote another user.
In the end, this black mark on Megyn Kelly’s reputation will only serve to further confirm her position as a symbol of social unconsciousness and egocentrism, where people want to pretend racism is dead in order to avoid feeling responsible for its existence in any way, shape, or form. She’s been described as cluelessness mixed with outright racist rhetoric, yet she completely fails to see any of. Her poor judgment and commentary on race ultimately led to her being booted off her network (though she got to keep the millions left in her contract on her way out). Let’s recall one of her most head-scratching moments when she said, “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white…Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. Jesus was a white man, too.” Many have also accused her of victim-blaming often when it comes to people of color.
Thus, we can likely expect more of this in the future. Unfortunately, even if she were to fade into oblivion, there’s a whole crew waiting behind her to take her place.