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Megyn Kelly Is Still Trying to Insert Herself Into Conversations About Blackface

Megyn Kelly has a stinkface.

Thanks to the Doolittle press tour, discussion of Robert Downey Jr.’s character’s use of blackface in 2008’s Tropic Thunder has been making the rounds again. And now Megyn Kelly of all people has jumped into the conversation to let us all know just how wildly she missed the entire point.

Here’s what Kelly tweeted Wednesday evening:

Where to even start with this one? Maybe with the easy and obvious bit–that Kelly’s version of being “cancelled” was to receive a $69 million pay-out. We should all be so lucky to be cancelled.

The big issue here is that Kelly clearly doesn’t understand the point of Tropic Thunder’s use of blackface. It was parody and a commentary on, as Downey himself recently said, “the insane, self-involved hypocrisy of artists and what they think they’re allowed to do on occasion.”

Kelly, on the other hand, is basically the embodiment of what that movie was satirizing with the character. This is Megyn “Jesus Was White” Kelly, who built a career adding fuel to the racism fires of Fox News, insisting that she get to be at the center of a conversation she doesn’t understand.

Back in 2018, Kelly tried to lead a conversation with three other white people about how our perception of racism regarding things like blackface and appropriative Halloween costumes has changed over time. “When I was a kid, [blackface] was okay, as long as you were dressing up as like a character,” she insisted, never questioning to whom it was okay.

Unsurprisingly, consideration for the opinion of Black people is still missing from her self-reflection. Her tweet is only about Universal’s reaction to blackface and how their shared parent company praised Downey and “cancelled” her. Robert Downey Jr.’s cringey my Black friends were okay with it response was bad enough, but Megyn Kelly still doesn’t even think to remember the existence of Black people, even in conversations about racism.

If she did, she might realize that RDJ may have gotten a big paycheck from Universal and an Oscar nomination from the overwhelmingly white Academy, but when Tropic Thunder came out, there was (and still is!) a lot of disagreement over Downey’s character among audiences, critics, and activists.

As Princess Weekes wrote just yesterday,

The movie is deeply imperfect, and a lot of people, especially Black people, have different opinions on the use of blackface. However, Downey—despite, I’m sure, meaning well—is simply not the right person to lead this conversation. He does not have the range, and that’s okay.

As usual, though, Megyn Kelly only tunes into the parts of conversations that serve her narrative best and ignores everything else. Talk about not having the range.

(image: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Fortune)
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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.