Laura Ingraham defended comedian Joy Behar after she was slammed when photos resurfaced of her in dressed up as an 'African woman' for Halloween – pointing to Hollywood's cross-racial casting such as 'Othello' and 'Hamilton' to defend the co-host of 'The View'
Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham said on her podcast that complaints about cultural appropriation stemming from public figures dressing in blackface tend to flow in one direction – citing the smash hit 'Hamilton' for using black actors to play white roles on Broadway.
Ingraham also defended comedian Joy Behar and said she was 'not racist' after photos resurfaced of her in a Halloween costume as an 'African woman.'
Co-host Raymond Arroyo, himself a Fox news contributor, raised Sir Lawrence Olivier's 1965 film performance of 'Othello.'
Olivier played the role in 'head-to-toe greasepaint,' Arroyo recalled.
Speaking on The Laura Ingraham Show Podcast, the talk show host questioned the use of black actors to play historical figures who were white.
'They wouldn’t be able to do that today,' noted Ingraham. 'They would say you would have to have an African-American doing it.'
Joy Behar was slammed when photos resurfaced of her in dressed up as an 'African woman' for Halloween
Sir Lawrence Olivier played Shakespeare's 'Othello' in this 1965 film version, a white actofr in blackface; Ingraham said Hollywood couldn't make this movie today without using a black actor, and suggested actors should be permitted the freedom to perform against typecasting
Ingraham said defending Behar and Olivier could rely on the smash Broadway hit 'Hamilton,' whose original cast featured Leslie Odom Jr. (left) playing Aaron Burr, Lin-Manuel Miranda (2nd right) playing Alexander Hamilton and Christopher Jackson (right) portraying George Washington
'But what about when they did Hamilton and they made white people black people? Is that not culturally misappropriating the other race?'
'If it's just about cultural appropriation, does it only go one way? That's