Al Roker Defends His Halloween Costume After Megyn Kelly Fallout: 'Just Don't Color Your Face'
By Paige Gawley
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Al Roker is standing up for his Halloween costume.
The 64-year-old Todaymeteorologist took to Twitter on Wednesday and Thursday to defend his costume choice on the Halloween episode of the morning show. For the occasion, Roker opted to dress as Doc Brown from Back to the Future, as part of Today's '80s theme.
Some Twitter users took offense to his costume, writing that they thought it was "hypocritical" to dress as a white character after Roker came out against Megyn Kelly, his former colleague, for her comments questioning why the use of blackface in Halloween costumes is wrong.
"I’m going to say this one last time, but the folks who get it, understand and the ones who DON’T, won’t," Roker wrote on Twitter. "I can be Doc Brown, and I wear the outfit and wig and not change my skin color if you’re white, you can be President Obama if you want. Just don’t color your skin!"
I’m going to say this one last time, but the folks who get it, understand and the ones who DON’T, won’t. I can be Doc Brown, and I wear the outfit and wig and not change my skin color if you’re white , you can be President Obama if you want. Just don’t color your skin!
See how much blowback you have created for yourself because you threw Megyn Kelly under the bus. You deserve every nasty tweet from everyone because you are hateful and loved ruining her career. I’m for Megyn all the way. Won’t watch you anymore. Hypocrite.
Last month, 47-year-old Kelly questioned why wearing blackface at Halloween was racist.
"What is racist?" Kelly asked on Megyn Kelly Today. "You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character."
Roker was one of the first to come out against her comments, calling her out on-air a day later.
"The fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is our history, going back to the 1830s," Roker said. "Minstrel shows meant to denigrate a race, you know, I am old enough to have lived through Amos & Andy, where you had white people in blackface playing the black characters just magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people."
"I have never been a ‘PC’ kind of person but I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity," she said in part. "This past year has been so painful for many people of color, the country feels so divided, and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense."
Since the scandal, Kelly's show has been canceled and her lawyer has come out against NBC. Before the cancellation was confirmed by the network, a source told ET that Kelly's show was "chaotic and dysfunctional" since its premiere a year prior.
“I’ve felt the show was coming to an end in December no matter what," the source said at the time. "It was clear that it was not working and there is a lot of dysfunction.”