Megyn Kelly raised a controversy Tuesday morning when she questioned whether wearing Blackface as part of a Halloween costume was actually racist.
"But what's racist?" She asked Jacob Soboroff, Melissa Rivers and Jenna Bush Hager Megyn Kelly Today during a discussion about the censorship of Halloween costumes. "Because you're really in trouble if you're a white person who puts blackface on Halloween, or a black person who wears a white face on Halloween." That was alright when I was a kid, as long as you did disguised a character. "
" If someone feels that something is offensive to them, then you should say so, and that's a fair game and you should be able to take it if you're like that Soboroff, 35, replied.
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"You have to take it," Kelly, 47, agreed.
A NBC and Kelly representative did not immediately return PEOPLE's request for further comments.
"If you think it's offensive" It's probably it, "said Rivers, 50." And one of my big complaints about the society at the moment is … whatever happened with good manners and a polite society? "
" But on Halloween? "Kelly asked." On Halloween, you guys are running around with fake axes coming out of their heads. It will be disgruntled. "
" I think there are limits to how far you want to go, "Bush Hager, 36, agreed. They make people feel bad. "
" Normal people know where this line is, "said Rivers.
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Then Kelly turned the conversation to Real Housewives of New York City The costume of Diana Ross by Luann de Lesseps at Dorinda Medley's Halloween party last year.
"Who does not love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for a day, and I do not know how it became racist on Halloween, "Kelly said.
At Watch What Happens Live in April, de Lesseps responded to backlash against her costume and denied that she had darkened her skin. "I'm horrified," she said, "I never wanted to hurt anyone. I love Diana Ross and I totally respect Diana Ross. It really was a tribute to her, and it was Halloween. "
" I did not see it, but it sounds a bit racist to me, "said Soboroff.
" If she really wanted to see how Diana Ross should have dressed like Michael Jackson, "Rivers joked. 1
"Dear @megynkelly – You and I are about the same age. Blackface was NOT OK when we were kids, "Oswalt tweeted." Take it from a big-hearted boy who wanted to show his love for Nipsey Russell at the worst Halloween of my life. "
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"I can not believe the ignorance about it in 2018. You are on national television. You have a responsibility to educate yourself @megynkelly on social issues. This is so damaging, "wrote Lakshmi.
" Because @megynkelly: minstrelsy is the basis for coining the term "Jim Crow", which served to humiliate and target black Americans. Because the caricature of another race continues the dehumanization of POC, which is disproportionately killed and imprisoned in the US, "she continued.