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Joy Behar faces backlash over old 'African woman' costume

Joy Behar faces backlash over old 'African woman' costume

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.

Raven-Symoné, a former co-host, asked a the time, "Joy, are you black?"

"I was so cute", Behar responded.

"Joy ... are you my auntie, Joy?" It was a Halloween party.

The photo, which shows the comedian dressed as what she called "a attractive African woman", was seen several years ago during an episode of the morning show.

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".

On Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam apologized after the emergence of a photograph on his 1984 medical school yearbook page that featured a man in blackface and another in KKK garb.

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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".

Behar answered that she wore makeup "that was a little bit darker than my skin". "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".

Needless to say, Behar's costume isn't sitting well on Twitter today.

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

Another added: "Megan Kelly was ripped apart and fired from her job for asking a hypothetical question about it!" The conversation was reintroduced after a long-forgotten video clip from the talk show resurfaced showing the TV personality explaining a Halloween costume from when she was younger. One defender wrote, "Joy Behar means damn well and we should know this".

The audience and fellow co-hosts were demonstrably taken aback at how drastically different Behar looked, some of them giggling.