Photo of Joy Behar Dressed as 'Beautiful African Woman' Resurfaces

Joy Behar faces backlash over old 'African woman' costume

Behar remarked at how "cute" she was, telling her co-hosts that the photo was taken at a Halloween party when she was 29.

The 76-year-old did not mention the clip on Thursday's show, one day after an editor for the entertainment website The Wrap tweeted the segment of Behar discussing a resurgence of curly hair.

Joy, are you black?

"Joy. Joy. Joy", she continued.

"There is a difference in Joy Behar dressing like a Black woman and someone doing blackface", someone wrote on Twitter.

"I want to begin with two words, I'm sorry", she said on the show.

BEHAR: I was 29, it was a Halloween party. "[Behar] clearly stated she put on makeup darker than her skin for a "beautiful African woman" Halloween costume".

"Oh, you ain't black", Raven-Symoné muttered in response. Moments later, Symoné said, "I love it though".

"Is that you, Joy?"

Raven-Symoné then asked whether Behar had worn tanning lotion for the occasion, and Behar explained that "I only had makeup that was a little bit darker than my skin".

The video clip resurfaced this week as the top-ranking Democrats in the Virginia legislature are dealing with scandal over donning blackface in their pasts. Northam, who advocated for infanticide earlier this month, initially copped to the photo, but now is claiming it is not him in the photo. The Democrat has told reporters that he can still moonwalk, and seemingly nearly demonstrated this before his wife told him it was inappropriate.

Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, who had called on Northam to step down, released a statement Wednesday 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.

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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