Joy Behar

The View co-host Joy Behar caught heat on social media after an old photo surfaced that shows her wearing her hair in a curly perm. That’s all I see from where I’m sitting. But social media users are accusing Behar of wearing blackface.

Behar made headlines this week when she claimed to wear makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin” for a 1970s-era Halloween costume of a “beautiful African woman”.

Co-host Raven-Symone asked Behar whether she had on tanning lotion, and if Behar was her auntie.

The Wrap tweeted a video clip from the 3-year-old episode of The View that shows the photo of Behar wearing her hair in a curly perm. It should be noted that the photo did not cause controversy at that time.

The only reason the photo resurfaced now is because blackface is in the headlines after 2 top Virginia lawmakers admitted they wore blackface for Halloween.

When Behar said she was dressed as a “beautiful African woman”, she must have been referring to a South African woman. We as Black women should be insulted that Behar is accused of wearing blackface when the photo proves she clearly is not.

We do ourselves a disservice when we fall into this tired liberal/snowflake victimhood routine of seeing offensive, racist symbols behind every tree and under every log.

We must do better.

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