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Joy Behar of “The View” will likely find herself under fire after an old Halloween photo that was surfaced in 2016 started making the rounds on the internet again.
When Behar was 29 years old, she apparently dressed up as a “beautiful African woman” for Halloween, complete with makeup to make her skin darker.
Behar and her 2016 co-hosts discussed the photo as a segue into mulling over the beauty resurgence of naturally curly hair. In the photo, a young Behar can be seen with a curly coif and a decidedly darker skin tone.
The Wrap’s Jon Levine tweeted about the video, writing, “Joy Behar admitted during a taping of The View in 2016 to dressing as a ‘beautiful African women’ at a Halloween party when she was 29 which involved makeup ‘that was a little bit darker than my skin.'”
“The show even ran an image of the old photo,” Levine added.
During the show, former co-host Raven-Symoné asked, “Joy, are you black?” after seeing the photo.
“I was so cute,” Behar responded. 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?”
Behar answered that she was wearing makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin.”
Behar has yet to address the recently resurfaced photo at the time of this writing.
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.”
Ironically, Kelly’s comments merely discuss the type of costume Behar actually wore and proudly showed off to a live audience.
“I don’t see how that is racist on Halloween,” said Kelly, remarking on a cast member from Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York getting into trouble for dressing up as legendary singer Diana Ross.
“Who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween,” the former Fox host continued, noting that the costume was done in homage, not mockery.
“What is racist?” she asked “Because truly you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character.”