MEGYN Kelly ripped former employer NBCUniversal for a double-standard about blackface when she name-dropped the 2008 movie “Tropic Thunder” final night time — however the large media firm didn’t produce the Robert Downey Jr. movie.
Kelly, who noticed her NBC chat present get sacked after she appeared to defend blackface throughout a Halloween episode in 2018, addressed the problem after Downey spoke about his controversial function in a latest interview.
Megyn Kelly addressed her blackface scandal in a tweet final night time[/caption]
Robert Downey Jr. as Kirk Lazarus in ‘Tropic Thunder.’ Downey was enjoying a white actor who in flip portrayed a black soldier[/caption]
The commentator, dumped by the community early final 12 months, wrote on Twitter that Downey “wears blackface for Common w/o remorse bc it ‘sparked a mandatory convo.’ Univer: yay Robert!
“Me, by no means worn blackface however had a type of ‘mandatory convos’ re how normal appears to have modified over time,” she continued. “F.U.! Cancelled!”
The tweet directs readers to a Web page Six merchandise titled “Why Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t remorse carrying blackface in ‘Tropic Thunder.’”
Within the film, directed by Ben Stiller, Downey performs a white actor who in flip performs an African American soldier. Downey earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Kirk Lazarus.
Kelly, the longtime Fox Information host, criticizes NBCUniversal for making the movie, however “Tropic Thunder” was produced by Paramount Footage, which was generally known as Viacom in 2008.
Downey spoke concerning the controversial 2008 function in a latest interview[/caption]
Kelly, a former Fox Information commentator, parted methods with NBC early final 12 months[/caption]
“Tropic Thunder” was co-produced by Dreamworks and Crimson Hour Productions. Common distributed some DreamWorks movies, however that was between 1997 and 2005, in accordance with Newsweek.
Some individuals weren’t sympathetic to her beef. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown wrote on Twitter that “this privileged twit nonetheless doesn’t get it.”
“The truth that Megyn Kelly thinks she must be held to the identical requirements as an actor in a farcical comedy tells you every little thing it’s good to learn about Megyn Kelly,” wrote Collider editor Matt Goldberg.
Talking extensively concerning the function of Kirk Lazarus in a latest interview for “The Joe Rogan Expertise” podcast, Downey mentioned he initially had severe considerations about taking up the function.
“My mom was horrified,” Downey mentioned, as recounted by Web page Six. “‘Bobby, I’m telling ya, I’ve a foul feeling about this.’ I used to be like, ‘yeah, me too, mother.’”
Downey indicated later within the interview that he had a change of coronary heart, saying “I get to carry as much as nature the insane self-involved hypocrisy of artists and what they assume they’re allowed to do now and again, simply my opinion.”
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The actor added that Stiller “knew precisely what the imaginative and prescient for this was, he executed it, it was inconceivable to not have it’s an offensive nightmare of a film.”
He mentioned “90 % of my black associates have been like, ‘dude, that was nice.’ I can’t disagree with (the opposite 10 %), however I do know the place my coronary heart lies.”
The Solar has reached out to Kelly’s rep for remark.
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