'The View's Joy Behar under fire after pic of her dressed as 'beautiful African woman' resurfaces
Joy Behar, one of the co-hosts of “The View” has been facing backlash over a resurfaced photo of her wearing blackface. People consider she should be fired.
During a 2016 episode of the show, Behar talked to her colleagues about the costume she chose for a Halloween party when she was 29 years old, and she even showed a photo: it portrayed her wearing blackface.
She explained that she dressed as a “beautiful African woman” pointing out that the curly hair in the picture was her natural hair.
Blackface is a form of theatrical make-up mostly used by non-Black performers to represent a Black person. In the US, it is generally considered offensive and disrespectful. However, it is a common practice in other countries.
THE VIDEO RESURFACED
Even though nothing happened after that show, The Wrap media editor Jon Levine shared the segment of the program in which the ladies talked about that Halloween party, and people on Twitter started complaining about her costume.
Some of them brought Megyn Kelly’s incident, for which she was fired of “Today.” In her case, she said that blackface was acceptable in the context of Halloween costumes, even clarifying that when she was a child, it was okay as long as people dressed as a character.
PEOPLE COMPARING IT WITH MEGYN KELLY’S INCIDENT
Kelly never said she wore blackface and even apologized for what she said, but NBC decided to terminate her contract. Now, after Behar’s clip, people are waiting for a similar reaction from ABC, the network owner of “The View.”
"Megyn Kelly was fired from her show for asking a hypothetical question about blackface. Joy Behar actually wore blackface, yet she still has her job," one user pointed out.
“Joy is going no where because of the side she represents and it's not pretty! If she were conservative it would already be over, right Megan?” [sic] admitted a second person.
PEOPLE DEFENDING BEHAR
While several people would like to see Behar out of the show, some others consider that what she did was not wrong and asked people to stop spreading negativity.
“I hate joy behar as much as the next man. Its actually a flattering photo. I don't see any reason to freak out,” [sic] said a Twitter user.
“There's Nothing Negative Here. Keep it Moving! I'm With Joy” wrote another person.
MICHAEL ERTEL’S CASE
It is not the first time that a person wearing blackface for a Halloween party has created such a reaction on social media. Michael Ertel, who started working as Florida’s Secretary of State on January 8, submitted his resignation only two weeks later after controversial photos surfaced.
Ertel appeared dressed in blackface as a Hurricane Katrina victim during a Halloween party in 2005. The 49-year-old man was the Seminole County supervisor of elections when those photos were taken. They showed him wearing blackface, red lipstick, earring, and even false breasts under a dark purple shirt that had “Katrina Victim” on it.
“I am submitting my resignation as Florida secretary of state effective immediately. It has been an honor to serve you and the voters of Florida," wrote Ertel in his resignation.
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