Even if we give Megyn Kelly the benefit of the doubt as to whether she’s lately boned up sufficiently to answer her own lame question about what’s so wrong with blackface, TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee correspondent Ashley Nicole Black offers a perfect little study guide.Related 'Miracle Workers' Trailer & Premiere Date: First Look At Steve Buscemi As God & Daniel Radcliffe As An Angel In TBS Comedy From Lorne Michaels
Black, who earned a masters degree in performance studies at Northwestern University, says she actually wrote her thesis on minstrelsy, and calls the archaic blackface “one of the earliest American theatrical forms.”
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“Those characters stuck around through vaudeville and radio and then became the basis for some of the first sitcoms,” Black says. “So our nation’s entire comedy esthetic was built on stereotypes made up by white people and the idea that it was funny to blow up black people.