Al Roker has been a fixture at NBC since 1978, participating in countless Halloween shows during those four decades on the air. But now some people were trying to accuse him of wearing “whiteface” in a sad display of desperation to defend the willfully ignorant Megyn Kelly.
On the Halloween episode for the “Today Show,” Roker dressed up as Doc Brown from the classic 80’s film “Back to the Future.” See below:
One user wrote, “
@alroker: @megynkelly is a terrible person to even suggest that it is Ok for a white person to go as a black character for Halloween. Also @alroker: Goes as Doc brown, a white character from a movie for halloween. #Hypocrites #Whiteface.”
Well, the legendary Roker had a superb clap back.
“I’m going to say this one last time, but the folks who get it, understand and the ones who DON’T, won’t,” he tweeted. “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!”
Clearly, there is no history of whiteface or performers going into whiteface for decades to dehumanize white people. As Roker said during the backlash to Megyn Kelly, “While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is a history going back to the 1830s. Minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right.” He continued, “I’m old enough to have lived through ‘Amos and Andy,’ where you had white people in black face playing black characters, magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people and that’s what the big problem is.”
Some white folks are desperate for the lie of “reverse racism.”