In October of 2018, debate swirled over the political correctness of Halloween costumes for the upcoming Halloween holiday. NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly expressed confusion over the current political correctness culture.  She said that blackface was, “Okay when I was a kid as long as you were dressing like a character.”

A few days later, she was fired. (Only because of this comment: she never dressed up in black face ever.)

That Halloween, a Washington Post cartoonist named Tom Toles hosted a party. Once guest, Sue Shafer, came to this party dressed in a business suit, and with a name tag that read, “Hello, My name is Megyn Kelly.” Her face was painted black.

It was dumb and mean-spirited to mock Kelly for saying that blackface was okay in costumes, while wearing blackface in a costume. But she was mocking Kelly, not black people.  She was not targeting minorities in any way. 

This was obvious since most of those who attended the party either did not notice, or did not mind.  And remember, this is a party filled with Washington Post journalists, so the crowd would’ve noticed.

Now, it is 2020.  A pandemic plagues the nation, national protests and riots are everywhere, and — to top it all off — there’s a Presidential election. What does the Washington Post decide to write a 3000 word article about? Sue Shafer.

That’s because two woke party-goers, Lexie Gruber and Lyric Prince, felt — in the wake of George Floyd’s killing — the world needed to know about a random person’s Halloween costume two years ago. For some unknown reason, Marcus Trent, a senior editor at the Washington Post, and Sydney Trent, a Post journalist, decided this hit job was newsworthy… even though this person does not hold political office, is not famous, and who did not wear a costume to make fun of black people. 

Hey, Washington Post, my neighbor’s grandfather made a racist joke at Thanksgiving dinner 5 years ago.  Think there’s a story there?

Party guest Phillipa Hughes said she thought the outfit was offensive, but added, “When it becomes public, it will be too much of a punishment. It’s unfair to go back and attack some clueless woman, because she’s not a public person…” 

Of course, many high ranking people have done much worse — worse than Shafer, worse than Kelly. 

In his 1981 yearbook, the current Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, was pictured in blackface next to a man dressed in the white robes of the KKK. Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Robert Downey Jr., Ted Danson, and many others have also painted their faces in skits and movies. 

There are no heroes here. 

Sue had an ill conceived costume. 

Lexie and Lyric took advantage of a national tragedy to get back at a woman because they disliked her costume. 

Marcus and Sydney created the article.

The Washington Post showed a callous disregard for the life of this woman.

Of course, the media was trying to use Shafer as an example.  


Don’t ever tell me that Christians are Puritanical, when our liberal overlords are trying to offer random Americans to the gods of political correctness as a sacrifice.

Hat Tip: The Washington Post, CNN

Image Credit: Wikimedia

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.