Tucker Carlson guest defends white people dressing in blackface: "We should all get over this stuff"
Mark Steyn: "The minstrel tradition, the black face tradition in America is dead as a doornail"
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From the October 29 edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight:
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TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): Take a look very quickly, this horrifying image. This is CNN's Lester Holt, of course of NBC dressed up as Susan Boyle the singer. He has changed his appearance in a way that is now very controversial.
Look, I just want to be clear, I don’t think there’s an equivalence between the two. There is a long history of one and not of the other. But I also wonder, I don’t think, there might be five people in America who would be deeply offended by what Lester Holt did. I’m not offended by it. Maybe though if you dress like that you should be slightly less self-righteous in the face of other people’s transgressions.
MARK STEYN: The fact is again, it's not about anything real. There is no, the minstrel tradition, the black face tradition in America is dead as a doornail. Bing Crosby, 1942, he wore black face for an Abraham Lincoln number in "Holiday Inn". Ten years later when he made the film "White Christmas" he did a minstrel number in white face. Somewhere between 1942 and 1952 an entire tradition no longer became respectable and again, the cure is worse than the disease. I was down in Australia when I believe a Kanye West fan, she went to a party, he was her favorite celebrity so she went to a party dressed as Kanye West. She's a nobody, she's 19. 22 years old, she's at the start of her life and the entire Australian media wanted to destroy her. This actually evil. I would like Lester Holt to do the news as Susan Boyle for a week. We should all get over this stuff.
CARLSON: I know.