An old photo of Joy Behar dressed as a “beautiful African woman” on Halloween has resurfaced.
Behar showed the photo on The View in 2016 during a segment talking about the resurgence of natural hair. Asked how old she was in the photo, she replied, “I was 29. It was a Halloween party. I went as a beautiful African woman.”
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 former co-host Raven-Symoné had a lot of questions about the photo. She asked, “Are you black, Joy?” followed by, “Are you my auntie, Joy?” After Behar explained it was a costume, Raven-Symoné wanted to know if she had applied “tanning lotion” to her skin.
“I had makeup that was a little bit darker than my skin,” Behar, now 76, replied. The curly hair was all her own.
The old segment has reemerged as controversy swirls over the use of blackface by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. On Friday, Northam apologized after a photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page showed one man in blackface and another in a KKK robe. The Democratic leader later said he was not in the photo and hadn’t seen it before. He then admitted he did once use shoe polish to darken his skin to resemble Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984. That was followed by the state’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, who had called on Northam to resign, putting out a statement Wednesday admitting that he also wore blackface in college.
In October, Today show personality Megyn Kelly was axed by NBC after she defended people wearing blackface on a segment about Halloween. She said that growing up, it was considered a tribute. She said she didn’t understand the controversy over Real Housewives of New York City’s Luann de Lesseps, who wore a huge afro and darkened her skin to dress as Diana Ross for Halloween in 2017. “I thought, like, who doesn’t love Diana Ross?” said Kelly. “She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween.”
Needless to say, Behar’s costume isn’t sitting well on Twitter today. Conservative blogger Matt Walsh wrote, “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.”
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
Many commented that Behar will “get a pass” because she’s a liberal. “Can you imagine if a photo surfaced of @SeanHannity in blackface from a Halloween party years ago?” wrote one person. “Then, when asked about it, he justified it by saying he dressed up as ‘a handsome African man’ and his blackface makeup ‘wasn’t too dark’? That’s exactly what Joy Behar did.”
I’m sure we can expect the same outrage from y’all towards Joy Behar correct? Or does a Liberal female TV personality get a pass? Blackface is blackface right? Or now are we judging by shade
— Travis Meyer (@Tmeyer9) February 7, 2019
— Shrug It Off 🤷🏽♂️ (@wardaallen) February 7, 2019
Can you imagine if a photo surfaced of @SeanHannity in blackface from a Halloween party years ago? Then, when asked about it, he justified it by saying he dressed up as “a handsome African man” and his blackface makeup “wasn’t too dark”?
That’s exactly what Joy Behar did. https://t.co/RaSZjYXMxN
— TexasTsunami (@TexasTsunami) February 7, 2019
However, she certainly has defenders. Some are calling it a “non-controversy” and saying that Trump supporters must not know “what blackface is.” One defender wrote, “Joy Behar means damn well and we should know this.”
This whole Joy Behar non-controversy proves that Trump supporters are the least educated among us. They really don’t know what Blackface is.
— Selena Victoria™ (@SelenaVictoria) February 7, 2019
There is a difference in Joy Behar dressing like a black woman and someone doing blackface. I'm also tired of white republicans trying to school black people on racism. She showed this pic a few years ago on national tv and no one, including the republican had a problem with it. pic.twitter.com/bFeW3qiAjF
— Sherri Shavon (@sherrishavon) February 7, 2019
Sorry to break it to all of you people thirsty for Joy Behar to be kicked off of The View, but this whole blackface thing is the biggest reach… her skin was barely darker and she had her own hair? Like damn Ariana Grande has darkened her skin more.. 😬
— Shawn Newcomer (@ShawnAnthony93) February 7, 2019
This was clearly a photo from the 70s and people are just assuming that she did use blackface. Totally untrue. I see no resemblance to that at all. Joy Behar means damn well and we should know this.
— Chris (Rad) Finch 6 (@RadFinch) February 7, 2019
I am one of the first ones happy to "pounce" on a Joy Behar behaves badly SJW pileon but come on. This is not #BlackFace She says she was trying to look like Diana Ross as a costume. She was not mocking black people by putting on clownish makeup and a minstrel costume. pic.twitter.com/j2Z2PqWS3B
— NeoUnrealist (@NeoUnrealist) February 7, 2019
A rep for The View hasn’t commented on the new controversy, but it seems likely Behar will address it on the show.
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