Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Joy Behar Under Fire for Darkening Her Skin to Dress as “A Beautiful African Woman”

Virginia politicians aren’t the only public figures coming under fire for wearing blackface. On Wednesday, a video resurfaced of The View‘s Joy Behar proudly discussingdressing as “a beautiful African woman” at a Halloween party decades ago. In the clip, from a 2016 (!) episode of The View, Behar explained that she put on “makeup that was a little bit darker than [her] skin,” and after showing a photo of the costume, she seemed to imply — despite Raven-Symoné’s repeated objections — that dressing like a black woman was okay because that was her “actual hair” at the time.

Behar’s reveal came during a discussion of a New York Times op-ed about “naturally curly hair” making a comeback. Behar said that curly hair was “a feminist statement,” and in an attempt to prove her point, the show displayed a photo of young Behar with a thick head of brown, curly hair. “Is that you, Joy?” asked Raven-Symoné. Her co-hosts echoed the sentiment, screaming is disbelief that this could be the same woman sitting across from them. “Joy, are you black?” said Raven-Symoné. “Are you my auntie, Joy?” Behar laughed, replying “I was so cute. Look how cute I was.”

“That is me,” said Behar. “I was 29. It was a Halloween party. I went as a beautiful African woman.” Raven-Symoné jokingly dismissed her, saying, “Oh, yeah, you mean ‘black.'” Behar wasn’t bothered by her co-host’s comment. “But that’s my hair. That’s my hair!” When Raven-Symoné frowned, Behar finally caught the hint. “Why are you upset with me now?” she asked. “Because I thought that was… did you have tanning lotion on, Joy?” asked Raven-Symoné. “I probably had makeup that was a little bit darker than my skin. But that’s my actual hair, though,” said Behar.

Raven-Symoné wasn’t the only one who questioned Behar’s costume. The longtime The View co-host was slammed on social media, particularly by conservative users.

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