A Fox News host defended comedian Joy Behar after her blackface photos resurfaced and thinks using black actors in white roles is cultural appropriation.
“The View” co-host Joy Behar was recently slammed when photos of her dressed up as an African American woman for Halloween resurfaced but Laura Ingraham is taking Behar’s side. In an episode of The Laura Ingraham Show Podcast, she said,
“I will say to my last breath that Joy Behar as represented in a Halloween costume, a costume about an African woman is not a racist. OK? She’s not a racist. And to say that she is now or two-and-a-half years ago…is absurd.”
Ingraham added that we can no longer “celebrate someone in costume”. She also questioned Hamilton’s, the Tony Award-winning Broadway play, use of black actors in white roles like George Washington.
“What about when they did Hamilton and they made white people black people?”
“If it’s just about cultural appropriation, does it only go one way?”
Her comments come as Virginia Governor Ralph Northam received much backlash after a photo was found in his medical school yearbook with a man in blackface standing next to another in a KKK costume. At first, the Governor admitted to being in the picture but then backtracked saying the photo was there without his knowledge. Another time, he came clean at a news conference about putting shoe polish on his face to impersonate Michael Jackson at a 1984 dance contest.
Watch Ralph Northam discussing wearing blackface: