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Al Roker is defending his Halloween costume and clapping back at trolls who STILL don’t understand why blackface is offensive — a week after NBC canceled Megyn Kelly’s hour of the “Today” show over her comments on the issue.

The hosts of the “Today” show wore ’80s costumes for their Halloween broadcast Wednesday, and the weather anchor dressed up as “Back to the Future‘s” Doc Brown. Several viewers questioned Al’s decision to dress up as a film character portrayed by a white actor (Christopher Lloyd).

One Twitter user said: “@alroker: @megynkelly is a terrible person to even suggest that it is Ok for a white person to go as a black character for Halloween. Also @alroker: Goes as Doc brown, a white character from a movie for halloween. #Hypocrites #Whiteface”

Another user wrote on Facebook: “Megyn Kelly loses her show because she posed a question about dressing as an admired character of color if you are of Caucasian background —and yet Al Roker dresses today as a beloved character from an iconic movie who happens to be Caucasian. Is there some hypocrisy in there?”

Roker tweeted a simple response to the folks who don’t get why his ’80s theme outfit is not an example of Whiteface.

“I’m going to say this one last time, but the folks who get it, understand and the ones who DON’T, won’t,” he tweeted. “I can be Doc Brown, and I wear the outfit and wig and not change my skin color.”

He continued: “If you’re white, you can be President Obama if you want. Just don’t color your skin!”

Last week, during a panel discussion about attempts at universities to discourage “inappropriate and offensive costumes,” Kelly asked: “But what is racist? Because truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character.”

Roker slammed Kelly’s comments live on the air last week.

“The fact is, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the county,” he said. “This is a history, going back to the 1830s [with] minstrel shows. To demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right. I’m old enough to have lived through Amos ‘n’ Andy where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters just magnifying the stereotypes about black people. And that’s what the big problem is. … No good comes from it. It’s just not right.”

Kelly has since apologized for her ignorance. Her attorney and NBC are currently negotiating her exit from the network.

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7 thoughts on “Al Roker Defends Dressing As White Character In Wake Of Megyn Kelly Scandal

  1. African American Woman on said:

    Its fine to dress up as anyone you want, personally I don’t care if someone paints their face or not, however, since many folks do; no one should paint their skin another color. Problem solved.

  2. You racist white people need to read the article. Why do racist white people pretend to be stupid when it comes to racism. You know why you want to dress in black face and it has nothing to do with your love for black people.

  3. christianforreal on said:

    These people CAN NOT be this STUPID. I truly HATE the way that white people pretend to be ignorant of the concerns of black people and are ALWAYS trying to turn things around in an attempt to throw someone under the bus. Get it right firs,t people. Al Roker did NOT say that one race can not put on a costume to portray someone of another race. He said that one should not put on BLACKFACE or WHITEFACE in an attempt to portray someone of another race. Blackface, particularly, was used to demean and degrade black people. White men in blackface did so to make fun of black people and to make us look stupid. The typical person wearing a costume of another is not to belittle or degrade. The point is that he was portraying the professor from Back to the Future, not necessarily a white man. Yes this professor happens to be white but that isn’t the focus. There is NO hypocrisy here, just plan out and out ignorance on the part of those who are trying to make an issue of this and turn it around!!! I gave Megyn the benefit of my doubt. Idk if she is that ignorant or was just pretending, but I gave her credit for her ignorance believed that she was not trying to demean blacks.

  4. Donald Malecki on said:

    But there is nothing wrong with dressing up as anyone of any color including changing your skin color as part of the costume. This uproar is just more PC BS. Get a grip people.

  5. As Al Roker stated you can dress as anyone, just don’t paint your FACE!!!!!!!!!!! The network was in error for hiring Megyn Kelly, she was a RACIST on FOX news, so what was going to CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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