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Al Roker is clapping back at trolls who don’t understand why blackface is offensive one week after NBC canceled his colleague Megyn Kelly’s hour of the Today show over her comments on the issue.
For the Today show’s Halloween broadcast on Wednesday, the hosts all wore ’80s costumes, and the weather anchor dressed up as Back to the Future‘s Dr. Emmet Brown (a.k.a. Doc Brown), famously played by actor Christopher Lloyd.
After some viewers questioned the black journalist’s decision to dress up as a film character portrayed by a Caucasian actor, Roker tweeted a simple explanation.
“I’m going to say this one last time, but the folks who get it, understand and the ones who DON’T, won’t,” tweeted Roker, 64.
“I can be Doc Brown, and I wear the outfit and wig and not change my skin color,” he tweeted. “if you’re white, you can be President Obama if you want. Just don’t color your skin!”
Great scott: Al Roker dressed up as Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future (above) on Wednesday, a fictional character who is portrayed by a white actor
Breaking it down: That lead to uproar on social media, prompting Roker to write: 'I can be Doc Brown, and I wear the outfit and wig and not change my skin color'

Last week, while discussing attempts at universities to discourage “inappropriate and offensive costumes,” former Fox News host Kelly asked: “But what is racist? Because truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at 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.”

Roker condemned Kelly’s commentary and spoke about the incident with Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin live on the air last week.
“The fact is, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the county,” he said. “This is a history, going back to the 1830s [with] minstrel shows. To demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right. I’m old enough to have lived through Amos ‘n’ Andy where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters just magnifying the stereotypes about black people. And that’s what the big problem is. … No good comes from it. It’s just not right.”
“She said something stupid, she said something indefensible,” added Melvin, who called Kelly’s statement “ignorant and racist” but also called her “a colleague” and “a friend.”
Teachable moment: He then noted a white person could play Barack Obama while sneaking in a dig at Megyn Kelly (above on Wednesday), stating: 'Just don't paint your face'

Kelly, 47, has since apologized for her comments twice — first in an internal email to colleagues and then on-air as she held back tears. She did not appear live on the air last Thursday or Friday, when NBC officially canceled Megyn Kelly Today.

Outraged nonsense: There was no shortage of tweets going after Roker for his costume on Wednesday 

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