Megyn Kelly has targeted the hypocrisy of her former employer with a scathing tweet.
The 49-year-old political commentator, who canceled her NBC show Megyn Kelly Today after her comments about the desirability of the black face during Halloween, mocked the network when she was forced to put out 30 Rock episodes for representing the same practice. racially insensitive.
‘Wait, which network aired those episodes again?’ the former Fox star asked in a sarcastic tweet Tuesday.
Shadow: Megyn Kelly has targeted the hypocrisy of her former employer with a scathing tweet. They have seen it here in May 2019.
The tweet was in response to a Variety article covering the network that drew the comedy episodes in question from streaming and syndication services.
Kelly’s brief run on NBC ended following her remarks in defense of using RHONY star Lesan’s black face Luann of Lesseps to dress up as Diana Ross for Halloween.
The journalist recalled that “when I was a child, it was fine as long as you dressed as a character.”
Although he later apologized for the comments, his show was canceled three days later.
Megyn’s contract with NBC ended on January 11, 2019.
Burn: The 49-year-old political commentator scoffed at the network when he was forced to drop episodes of 30 Rock for representing the racially callous practice.
Flash in the pan: Kelly’s brief NBC career ended following her remarks in defense of using RHONY star Luann de Lesseps’s black face to dress as Diana Ross for Halloween. Seen here online in 2018
Megyn’s tweet comes after Tina Fey along with her 30 Rock co-creator Robert Carlock and NBCUniversal requested to remove four episodes of the comedy series because they feature the use of blackface.
Vulture first reported that the episodes were being removed from Hulu and Amazon Prime, and that they were not available for purchase on iTunes or Google Play.
Fey addressed the deletion of the episodes in a letter sent to streaming platforms and obtained by Variety.
In an episode of 30 Rock, Jane Krakowski wore a black face to dress as former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann, while her boyfriend (guest star Will Forte) dressed as Natalie Portman in a parody of her movie Black Swan.
Down the memory hole: Four 30 Rock episodes with the use of the black face have been removed from streaming services, digital rental media and syndication on demand by Tina Fey, co-creator Robert Carlock and NBCUniversal; photographed in 2018
In another episode, regular guest star Jon Hamm blackened his skin in a sketch criticizing the racist television series and radio show Amos ‘n’ Andy.
“As we strive to get the job done and improve when it comes to race in America, we believe that these episodes with actors with makeup that changes race are better removed from circulation,” he wrote.
‘Now I understand that’ intention ‘is not a free pass for white people to use these images. I apologize for the pain they have caused.
In the future, no comedy-loving child needs to trip over these tropes and be stung for their ugliness. I thank NBCUniversal for complying with this request, ” he concluded.
In addition to disappearing from broadcast services and digital rental media, offensive episodes will no longer air on television.
Out of Circulation: “As we strive to get the job done and improve when it comes to race in America, we believe that these episodes with actors with race-changing makeup are best taken out of circulation,” he wrote in a letter. to streamers; pictured with Alec Baldwin at 30 Rock
Two of the episodes, Season Three’s Believe In The Stars and Season Five’s Christmas Attack Zone, feature the character Jenna Maroney, played by Jane Krakowski, darkening her face.
In the first, she turns black while her co-star Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) lightens her skin and dresses as a woman to determine if white women or black men face greater difficulties in society.
In the latest episode, Jenna wore a black face to dress as former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann, while her boyfriend (guest star Will Forte) dressed as Natalie Portman in a parody of her movie Black Swan.
Controversial: Two of the episodes, Believe In The Stars from season three and Christmas Attack Zone from season five, feature the character Jenna Maroney, played by Jane Krakowski, darkening her face.
The Live Show version of season five of the East Coast was also removed from circulation, as well as the Live From Studio H. of season six.
In the latest episode, regular guest star Jon Hamm blackened his skin in a sketch criticizing the racist television series and radio show Amos ‘n’ Andy.
Her character also falsified racist characterizations in Disney’s Song of the South, which has been out of circulation for a long time.
The elimination of the episodes comes amid movements by companies and brands to appear anti-racist, following protests that erupted across the country that were inspired by the police assassination of George Floyd and many other black men and women.
Amid the rage, Gone With The Wind has been removed from the new streaming service HBO Max, though the film will return sometime in the future with additional warnings about its racist content and new discussions that provide context for the 1939 epic.
Review: In an episode from the sixth season, regular guest star Jon Hamm blackened his skin in a sketch criticizing the racist television series and radio show Amos ‘n’ Andy; Still from 30 Rock
Times of change: journalist Touré praised a 2010 episode with Krakowski in the black face, but the reception of the Hamm episode in 2012 was more varied; still 30 rock advertising
Although Hollywood and its stars are trying to eliminate black-faced portrayals, Black Rock’s uses of 30 Rock received mixed praise and criticism at the time.
In 2010, journalist and cultural critic Touré praised Christmas Attack Zone on Mediaite for ‘not using the black face as a simplistic visual way of turning a white person into black, but as a complex tool that makes a multi-layered prank at the expense of the character. ‘
Journalist Jamil Smith forgave the parody of Hamm Amos ‘n’ Andy in 2012 less.
“And # 30Rock has Jon Hamm in almost a bit, yes, he’s actually Blackface,” he tweeted disapprovingly at the time.
Temporarily gone: The movement follows HBO Max removing Gone With The Wind (1939) from his service. The film will finally return with warnings about racist content and a new context.