- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2019

A video has resurfaced of Joy Behar admitting on ABC’s “The View” in 2016 that she darkened her skin while dressing as an “African woman” for Halloween in the 1970s.

In the clip, Ms. Behar boasted about how she has naturally curly hair and gave evidence by showing a photo of her 29-year-old self at a Halloween party.

Shocked at the difference in her appearance, former co-host Raven-Symoné asked, “Joy, are you black?”

“I was so cute,” Ms. Behar said. “I was 29. It was a Halloween party. I went as a beautiful African woman.”

Ms. Behar added that she wore makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin.”

“That’s my actual hair though,” she said.

The video circulated on Twitter Wednesday amid a national conversation about blackface. Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, is facing mounting calls for his resignation after he admitted to donning blackface for a Michael Jackson dance party more than 30 years ago, and a picture also surfaced from his medical school yearbook that showed a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, also a Democrat, is similarly facing backlash after he admitted this week to wearing blackface during a college party in 1980.

Ms. Behar, filling in for co-host Whoopi Goldberg as the moderator on “The View,” made no mention of her Halloween costume during Thursday’s episode.

Co-host Ana Navarro briefly alluded to the backlash when Ms. Behar complained she felt like she was being strangled by her bulky necklace.

“I do know there’s a few people who would like to strangle you,” Ms. Navarro quipped.

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