Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

'The View' host Joy Behar under fire for use of blackface

'The View' host Joy Behar under fire for use of blackface

In doing so, she showed the studio audience and her colleagues, including now ex-co-host Raven-Symoné, a photo of herself at 29-years-old rocking a curly 'do. She explains that the makeup was "a little bit darker than my skin", but the curls in her hair were all real.

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.

The View co-host Joy Behar is now the latest celebrity to spark outrage over a reported case of blackface.

During the 2016 segment, Behar, an outspoken liberal, displayed a 1970s-era photo of herself at a Halloween party when she was 29.

"Did you have tanning lotion on, Joy?"

"Joy, are you Black?. are you my auntie, Joy?"

Gov. Ralph Northam apologized after a photo featuring a man in blackface and another dressed in KKK robes from his medical school yearbook page emerged last week. The curly hair was all her own.

Reacting to Raven-Symoné's clear change of tone, Behar asked, "Why are you upset with me now?"

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, also a Democrat, is similarly facing backlash after he admitted this week to wearing blackface during a college party in 1980. The Democratic leader later said he was not in the photo and hadn't seen it before. "She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don't know how that got racist on Halloween". "Joy Behar actually wore blackface, and admitted it, and showed a picture of it on TV, yet she still has her job".

Representatives for Behar and ABC did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "Even if she's often unfair to conservatives - stick to basic principles of fairness", Ingraham tweeted on Thursday morning about the Behar image.

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