Another high-profile television personality has waded into a scandal over the issue of blackface — the same issue that brought an end to Megyn Kelly’s rocky tenure at NBC. This time the controversy surrounds Joy Behar, a longtime co-host of ABC’s “The View.”
Jon Levine, media editor for TheWrap, wrote on his Twitter account: “Joy Behar admitted during a taping of The View in 2016 to dressing as a ‘beautiful African woman’ at a Halloween party when she was 29 which involved makeup ‘that was a little bit darker than my skin.’”
The tweet includes a brief clip of the segment featuring a photo of Behar in the makeup, which you can see below.
The AP reports that Behar and ABC were keeping mum about the incident today.
“The 76-year-old didn’t mention the clip on Thursday’s show, one day after an editor for the entertainment website TheWrap tweeted the three-year-old segment of Behar discussing a resurgence of curly hair,” the AP reports. “During the 2016 segment, Behar displayed a 1970s-era photo of herself at a Halloween party when she was 29. She says that the hair was her own and that she had dressed as a ‘beautiful African woman.’”
The report adds: “Critics were quick to point out that NBC cut ties with host Megyn Kelly last year after she created a furor by suggesting that it was OK for white people to wear blackface on Halloween.”
The report notes that Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigned in January after a photo surfaced in which he wore blackface and dressed as a “Hurricane Katrina victim.”
“Other white celebrities who have been called out for using blackface include Julianne Hough, who in 2012 dressed as characters from Netflix’s ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ and ‘Real Housewives of New York’ star LuAnn De Lesseps, who dressed as Diana Ross for Halloween in 2017,” the AP adds.