Joy Behar Receives Backlash After Once Dressing As A "Beautiful African Woman"

08 February, 2019, 08:13 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Joy Behar faces backlash over old 'African woman' costume

A long forgotten video clip from ABC's "The View" resurfaced on Wednesday that showed co-host Joy Behar trying to explain a Halloween costume from when she was younger.

In the clip, Ms. Behar boasted about how she has naturally curly hair and gave evidence by showing a photo of her 29-year-old self at a Halloween party.

Behar's former co-host Raven-Symoné had a lot of questions about the photo.

Behar, now 76, explained that the picture was snapped at a Halloween party where she dressed up as a "beautiful African woman" and stressed that the hair was actually haira.

"I was so cute", she said, adding that the curly tresses were hers.


A firestorm of political controversy hit Virginia recently after an alleged yearbook photo of Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, dressed in either blackface or a KKK robe, resurfaced online. "In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurt's Blood, and perform a song". Raven-Symoné - who is black - continues her gentle ribbing of Behar, asking, "Are you my auntie, Joy?" and "Did you have tanning lotion on, Joy?" He then admitted he did once use shoe polish to darken his skin to resemble Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984. "I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor.Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too". The Democratic leader later said he was not in the photo and hadn't seen it before.

In October, NBC host Megyn Kelly was canned from the network after comments concerning people dressing up as characters and celebrities of differing races on Halloween that critics decried as "racist".

Messages seeking comment were left with her agent and the ABC program.

The clip is even taking on more steam since Virginia Democrats are also coming under fire for old photos of them in blackface from their post-secondary days.

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