“The fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country,” Al Roker said on The Today Show, while upset.
“This is a history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race. It 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 worst stereotypes about black men—and that’s what the problem is. That’s what the issue is,” said Roker.
Melvin called Kelly’s comments “indefensible” and “stupid.”
Tuesday, Kelly questioned whether or not it’s racist to do “blackface” for Halloween, among other comments.
She sent an apology to the staff at NBC and on Wednesday’s show, she said,
“I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry. You may have heard that yesterday we had a conversation about political correctness and Halloween costumes… I defended the idea (of blackface), saying that as long as it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, that it seemed OK. Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry.”