MEGYN Kelly ripped former employer NBCUniversal for a double-standard about blackface when she name-dropped the 2008 film "Tropic Thunder" last night — but the giant media company did not produce the Robert Downey Jr. film.
Kelly, who saw her NBC chat show get sacked after she appeared to defend blackface during a Halloween episode in 2018, addressed the issue after Downey spoke about his controversial role in a recent interview.
The commentator, dumped by the network early last year, wrote on Twitter that Downey "wears blackface for Universal w/o regret bc it 'sparked a necessary convo.' Univer: yay Robert!
"Me, never worn blackface but had one of those 'necessary convos' re how standard seems to have changed over time," she continued. "F.U.! Cancelled!"
The tweet directs readers to a Page Six item titled "Why Robert Downey Jr. doesn't regret wearing blackface in 'Tropic Thunder.'"
In the movie, directed by Ben Stiller, Downey plays a white actor who in turn plays an African American soldier. Downey earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Kirk Lazarus.
Kelly, the longtime Fox News host, criticizes NBCUniversal for making the film, but "Tropic Thunder" was produced by Paramount Pictures, which was known as Viacom in 2008.
"Tropic Thunder" was co-produced by Dreamworks and Red Hour Productions. Universal distributed some DreamWorks films, but that was between 1997 and 2005, according to Newsweek.
Some people were not sympathetic to her beef. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown wrote on Twitter that "this privileged twit still doesn't get it."
"The fact that Megyn Kelly thinks she should be held to the same standards as an actor in a farcical comedy tells you everything you need to know about Megyn Kelly," wrote Collider editor Matt Goldberg.
Speaking extensively about the role of Kirk Lazarus in a recent interview for "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast, Downey said he initially had serious concerns about taking on the role.
"My mother was horrified," Downey said, as recounted by Page Six. "'Bobby, I'm telling ya, I have a bad feeling about this.' I was like, 'yeah, me too, mom.'"
Downey indicated later in the interview that he had a change of heart, saying "I get to hold up to nature the insane self-involved hypocrisy of artists and what they think they're allowed to do on occasion, just my opinion."
The actor added that Stiller "knew exactly what the vision for this was, he executed it, it was impossible to not have it be an offensive nightmare of a movie."
He said "90 percent of my black friends were like, 'dude, that was great.' I can't disagree with (the other 10 percent), but I know where my heart lies."
The Sun has reached out to Kelly's rep for comment.
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