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Megyn Kelly issues an apology of ‘blackface’ insensitivity

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There are plenty of examples of political correctness going too far, especially when calling out conservatives. Sometimes, there are examples where the conservative (or moderate right-leaning journalist in this case) truly was insensitive while trying to call out political correctness. NBC’s Megyn Kelly fell into that trap today.

She issued an apology:

Megyn Kelly Apologizes: “History Of Blackface In Our Culture Is Abhorrent”

https://deadline.com/2018/10/megyn-kelly-apologizes-blackface-halloween-costumes-today-1202488082/Dear friends & teammates –

One of the wonderful things about my job is that I get the chance to express and hear a lot of opinions. Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views.

I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.

I’ve never been a “pc” kind of person — but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year. This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. I look forward to continuing that discussion.

I’m honored to work with all of you every day.

My Take

I’ve always thought Kelly was wrong on the right issues and right on the wrong issues. This is an example of her being wrong on the wrong issue. She should never have brought it up and once she did bring it up, she shouldn’t have said what she did.

I’m not embracing the politically correct culture that drives most outrage, but this is one of those topics that are simply best avoided. The whole “blackface” phenomenon of the past was clearly racist in intention. Just because some people found it funny in the past doesn’t make it okay to defend today.

Should Kelly be reprimanded? Is her career over? Who knows? Frankly, who cares? I’ve always considered Megyn Kelly to be an entertainer, not a journalist.

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  1. Aenne

    October 24, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Odd as hell. Meagan Kelly says she has no problem with white people pretending to be black people on Halloween, and a certain group foams at the mouth and screams. Liz Warren on the other hand had herself described in professional directories and elsewhere as being “Native American”, thereby ALSO PRETENDING to be someone of a DIFFERENT RACE, and the same people who scream about Kelly shrug and say, “No big deal.”

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For a while, I’ve felt like it can’t be fixed. By “a while,” I mean one year. That’s how long it’s been since I saw Justice League and had to rein in desires to chuck Milk Duds at the screen. The only thing that held me back was that the Milk Duds were the only enjoyable part of the experience.

It was awful. Even worse than Batman v. Superman. Even worse than Suicide Squad. At least with the latter, we could dismiss it as a failed attempt to emulate Guardians of the Galaxy.

But there’s hope, according to this video from Screen Rant. I’m not 100% bought into the notion, but I have to hold onto it. Otherwise, I might as well trash my Aquaman posters and relive the glory days of the Dark Knight Trilogy.

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The second requirement is that Reynolds needed permission to kidnap Fred Savage.

Reynolds got both of his wishes and Once Upon a Deadpool was born. It’s due for a limited engagement next month.

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Theismann ‘turned away’ after seeing Redskins QB Smith hurt

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Theismann turned away after seeing Redskins QB Smith hurt

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Alex Smith seemed to know immediately this was bad. Really, really bad. He covered his face with both hands, then a white towel, before his fractured right leg was placed in an air cast and he was carted off the field.

One of his predecessors as quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Joe Theismann, was at Sunday’s game and sensed the same — all-too-familiar with what a season-ending broken leg looks and feels like.

Exactly 33 years to the day after Theismann’s gruesome injury during a nationally televised game , Smith went down with breaks to his right fibula and tibia midway through the third quarter of Washington’s 23-21 loss to the visiting Houston Texans on Sunday and was replaced at QB by backup Colt McCoy. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Smith would have surgery “right away.”

“I saw a pile of people go down, and then I saw Alex’s leg in the position it was in. And I turned away after that. It brought back vivid memories,” said Theismann, hurt when hit by Lawrence Taylor during a Redskins’ victory over the New York Giants on Nov. 18, 1985.

“This date has always been a day in my life that I’ll never forget,” Theismann said in a telephone interview.

“My immediate thought was that my heart went out to him. I feel so bad for him. I know the road ahead. We’re somewhat similar in age (when the injuries happened). He’s not 25 or 26 years of age. I was 35; he’s 34. How long will it take to come back? What is the severity?” Theismann added, saying he sent Smith a text message of support. “I worry less about Alex and his football career than I do Alex and wanting to be able to do the things in life he wants to do.”

Smith was in his first season with the Redskins after arriving in a trade from the Kansas City Chiefs. He had thrown two first-half interceptions Sunday, one returned 101 yards for a TD by Texans safety Justin Reid, as Washington fell behind 17-7.

McCoy helped Washington score a pair of TDs, including on his 9-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Reed on the backup QB’s first pass in a regular-season game since 2015.

Now Gruden will have a short week to help McCoy make his first NFL start since 2014: Washington (6-4) plays at Dallas (5-5) on Thanksgiving Day with first place in the NFC East on the line.

“I’ve still got to knock a little rust off,” said McCoy, who went 6 for 12 for 54 yards passing and ran five times for 35 yards after replacing Smith.

McCoy tried to lead the Redskins to the go-ahead points, but their last drive stalled, and Dustin Hopkins tried a 63-yard field goal that fell well short.

The injury came when Smith was first hit by cornerback Kareem Jackson, then by defensive end J.J. Watt. Before Smith was driven off the field, players from both teams left the sidelines to offer well wishes. He waved to spectators as he was taken away.

“We’re all gutted for Alex,” Watt said. “I feel absolutely terrible for him. It sucks. It’s the worst part of the game.”

With Smith headed to injured reserve, McCoy is the only QB on Washington’s roster, so the team will need to find a backup somewhere. Gruden said he hoped to have someone signed by Monday.

McCoy hasn’t worked with the first-team offense for the past few years, but Gruden said he still thinks his new starter at quarterback has a “great comfort level, I believe.”

“He hasn’t played a whole lot. So we’ll see how he does,” Gruden said. “But I have confidence in Colt. Always have.”

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