Colin Kaepernick is back in the headlines thanks to a tweet issued by the controversy-generating quarterback on Saturday.
Commenting on the killing of Iranian military leader Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in a drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump, Kaepernick tweeted, “There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.”
Kaepernick’s tweet has been praised by some and heavily criticized by others, with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham blasting him as “a loser” and “a racist.”
Also taking issue with Kaepernick’s tweet was Megyn Kelly, with the former Fox News host calling out Kaepernick’s sponsorship deal with Nike.
“Because everything is racist. Everything. Even fighting back against terrorists who kill Americans,” she wrote. “Nike, feeling proud?”
Kelly’s tweet was met with a stern rebuke from director Ava DuVernay, who responded, “Shame on you, Megyn.”
Kelly fired back, telling DuVernay she “will not be shamed over calling out bulls**t claims of racism – which undermine the legitimate claims. Killing a terrorist is not about skin colour; it’s about protecting our country from a guy who murdered hundreds of Americans, period.”
DuVernay replied by reiterating that Kelly “should be ashamed,” telling her, “Educate yourself before you talk about racism and legitimate claims. You sound like what you are. Ignorant. Attention seeking. And desperate. That will be all.”
Kelly responded by telling DuVernay that she’s “the one who needs to educate herself.”
Even Don Cheadle chimed in.
Television viewers will recall that Kelly was fired by NBC and her daytime talk show, “Megyn Kelly Today”, cancelled over some controversial comments she made about blackface in Halloween costumes.
“But what is racist?” Kelly asked. “Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid that was okay, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”