“The View” co-host Joy Behar is taking a hit for a photo that resurfaced of her dressed as a “beautiful African woman” for a Halloween party. This comes as the issue of blackface has come into the spotlight.
A video clip from an episode in 2016, dug out by The Wrap media editor Jon Levine, revealed that the co-host admitted she used makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin.”
Discussing a New York Times op-ed about naturally curly hair, a photo of the then-29-year-old Behar dressed up for Halloween appeared.
“Joy, are you black?” former co-host Raven-Symoné asked as the rest of the hosts seemed shocked at the drastically different look.
Behar responded that she was “so cute,” explaining she went to a Halloween party as a “beautiful African woman.”
“That’s my hair!” Behar said, pushing the conversation about her hair during the segment.
Watch the video below:
Joy Behar admitted during a taping of The View in 2016 to dressing as a “beautiful African women” at a Halloween party when she was 29 which involved makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin”
The show even ran an image of the old photo pic.twitter.com/qKQqzDPxyn
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 6, 2019
Behar’s resurfaced photo and admission that she wore darker makeup to resemble a “beautiful African woman” comes months after former NBC host Megyn Kelly was booted from the network for defending the use of blackface during a discussion on the show regarding Halloween costumes.
Additionally, Virginia Democrats are getting heat. Gov. Ralph Northam has apologized but refuses to stand down after an image surfaced from his page in his medical school yearbook of a photo of a person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan costume. He later admitted to being in blackface while dressing up as Michael Jackson. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring also revealed that he and his friends “dressed like rappers” and wore “brown makeup” while attending a party in college.
People were quick to call out the “inappropriate” photo of Behar:
Megyn Kelly was fired from her show for asking a hypothetical question about blackface. Joy Behar actually wore blackface, and admitted it, and showed a picture of it on TV, yet she still has her job. https://t.co/dIJdoMmhmz
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 7, 2019
Yet Megyn Kelly was FIRED for simply asking why it was offensive if you ADMIRE the person you’re dressing up as?? Where’s your condemnation on this @alroker ? “Whew, Joy is on a dif network, so I don’t have to comment”
— Kim Greer (@KimberlyKateGre) February 7, 2019
I think she should step down from the show.that's so inappropriate.
— Sarcastic Mack (@MACK_mcclure) February 7, 2019
According to a recent The Economist/YouGov poll, 58 percent of respondents said a white person wearing blackface makeup is unacceptable, while only 16 percent found it acceptable. The poll showed that 81 percent of Democrats saw it as unacceptable, compared to 44 percent of Republicans who claimed it’s unacceptable.