Conservatives have been up in arms for more than a day now following Today show weatherman Al Roker’s Halloween costume. He dressed as Doc Brown from the Back to the Future franchise. The character, played by Christopher Lloyd, is white. Roker is black.
While I understand the similarities between Roker’s costume and the defense of the use of “blackface” by former NBC host Megyn Kelly, it’s not the same. Invoking Doc Brown or Back to the Future has never been used to promote racism. “Blackface,” on the other hand, has. Its history is tainted by racist uses.
Is it fair that our society is sensitive to one-sided cultural appropriations? No. But just because it isn’t fair doesn’t mean Caucasians need to push against actions like Roker’s. There is real racism against Caucasians that exists in our society that should absolutely be called out for what it is. This is not one of them.
It’s disingenuous to call Roker’s Halloween costume just as racist as Kelly’s defense of “blackface.” There’s plenty of false righteous indignation for us to deal with coming from the left. Conservatives don’t need to add to the noise.
Here’s the full story for reference:
“Today” show weatherman Al Roker is under fire for dressing up on Halloween as Doc Brown, the quirky — and white — time machine inventor in the “Back to the Future” trilogy.
Some social media users asked why it was all right for him to dress up as a Caucasian character, while NBC canceled his colleague Megyn Kelly’s show after her controversial blackface comments.