The View’s Joy Behar cowardly avoids addressing her “blackface” costume

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Inevitably ABC’s PR team will get around to creating a response for Joy. It’s her SOP.

From Fox News: ABC News’ “The View” co-host Joy Behar remained stone silent Thursday regarding old footage of her donned in blackface that was unearthed this week as similar images have caused outrage and derailed careers.

Behar did not address the situation during the first episode of “The View” to air after her controversial decades-old image caused an uproar on social media. ABC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Footage of Behar dressing up as a “beautiful African woman” was resurfaced by TheWrap media editor Jon Levine on Wednesday amid a series of blackface scandals making national headlines. The image of a 29-year-old Behar wearing makeup intended to darken her skin was aired on “The View” back in 2016 when the panel discussed the resurgence of naturally curly hair.

The co-hosts appeared surprised by her drastically different look. Raven-Symoné, a former co-host, asked a the time, “Joy, are you black?”

“I was so cute,” Behar said in the 2016 clip. “Joy… are you my auntie, Joy?” Raven-Symoné joked.

Behar then explained that the picture was taken at a Halloween party where she dressed up as a “beautiful African woman” and stressed that it was her actual hair. “Did you have tanning lotion on, Joy?” Raven-Symoné asked.

Behar responded by saying she wore makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin.”

“I can’t really get too bothered at this blackface-lite costume because it was 1971 and people didn’t even know what microaggressions were. I’m more flabbergasted by her willingness to pull this photo out and proudly show the world as if it’s totally cool in the year 2016,” Jezebel’s Kara Brown wrote after the 2016 segment.

While the 2016 segment didn’t spark much outrage, NBC famously cut ties with Megyn Kelly last year for pondering aloud whether dressing in blackface for Halloween could be acceptable. Media watchdogs quickly hit Twitter to compare Behar’s situation to what ended Kelly’s time at the Peacock Network.

Last week, Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam offered an apology after a photograph emerged on his medical school yearbook page that featured a man in blackface and another in a KKK robe. He reversed course the next day, claiming he wasn’t in that photo but did admit to wearing blackface when dressing up as Michael Jackson for a costume contest. Countless prominent politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for him to step down as a result.

Democratic Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who had previously called on Northam to resign, released a statement Wednesday that he also wore blackface in college.

Late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, who have both also worn blackface on comedy skits without backlash, have skirted the Virginia Democrats’ blackface scandals in their late-night monologues.

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21 responses to “The View’s Joy Behar cowardly avoids addressing her “blackface” costume

  1. The thing that shouted loudly in my ear was how Bahar attempted to deflect her behavior by using the words . . . “beautiful African woman!” This was meant to encourage those to heard these words that she was doing the “black face” thing out of admiration, rather than revulsion, or derision.

    I say she should be treated to the very same response that Megan Kelly got, for just “talking” about black face.

    I emailed CBS news yesterday and told them she should be fired. There should be ONE STANDARD for how we handle these things. Not one standard for right leaning individuals, and a different standard, less caustic standard for handling those on the left who have indulged in this behavior. Although, I feel as this whole “politically correct” nonsense stinks to high Heavens.

    I will be emailing CBS again today regarding Jimmy Kimmel who not only dressed in black face, but adopted speech that was stereotypical of blacks. His sorry A$$ needs to be sent down the road. He just somehow feels that there are no bounds to what he can do with impunity.

    It is going to be interesting how this plays out. If action is not taken against both of the above individuals that is in line with how Megan Kelly was treated, although she got all the money paid out for the remainder of her contract–she should by rights be able to sue for discrimination due to how her career was brought to an end.

    • Very well said Auntie! Indeed it will be interesting to see how this all pans out. Not holding my breath that they will act with any integrity whatsoever, and if so let the lawsuits fly.

      IMHO I think this whole thing is so petty and silly. I dressed as a an Indian for Halloween and it was one of my favorite costumes as a kid outside of a Cleopatra costume, which I guess you could also say was some form of cultural appropriation! Do Black kids ever dress up as White people like George Bush? Ive seen plenty of the masks around over the years. Is a Black kid dressing up in White make-up whether a ghost or not racist too? Frankly I could give a darn. Its’ just all too much. Everyone is scrambling, nervous, apologizing, and fretting. This is the kind of behavior one sees when groveling subjects are terrified they may have done or said something that the king/ dictator may not like. Off with their heads!!!

      • If that was me I’d follow it up with an imitation of Al Jolson’s “Mammy”. Let them scream until their heads explode.

    • Well put, Auntie Lulu – just be sure to email ABC, instead of CBS, although CBS has their own problems. The View & Kimmel are ABC shows.

      And yet Rosanne Barr still doesn’t have her TV show.

  2. Just another example of the Left’s rank hypocrisy.

  3. I don’t think it was 1971. That is a bit early for disco era garb, which this definitely looks to be. MHO.

  4. A turd can be many hues but in the end it is all shit…. From the early 1970’s thru the late 1990’s I was in “blackface” a lot… However I was working in and on coal and oil fired boilers. I guess that makes me ineligible to hold office….

    • Love your “take ” on this, Water. Not a lot of people can come at this from your angle, and yet……you are so solid but without most anyone else in the USA today understanding/knowing about your specific experience with this. I just love it when someone outside of the DC Beltway interjects their experiences out there in the “hinterlands” of the REST of the USA. THANKS!

  5. Scandal face is real ugly. Fun to watch the bafoons try to quickly rub it off. Forgiveness face is rather pretty. More people should wear it instead of calling for all sorts of laws that throw everyone either in jail or under buses. There was a time that forgiveness face was worn by most everyone. Now a days with Twitbook and Facer it’s easy, convenient, and free to daily paint non-forgiveness face on everyone they please.

  6. Good thing for Gene Wilder, is that he’s dead:

    • I remember that scene well. I thought it was pretty damn funny at the time, and when you actually look at it, Pryor’s character is making fun of Whitey. My how things have changed.


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