Megyn Kelly slammed Sally Field after the actress apologized for being white during her acceptance speech for a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.
During Sirius XM’s “The Megyn Kelly Show” podcast, the host spoke with guests Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky about what Field said at the SAG Awards — and asked why the star felt the need to say she was “sorry for being a little white girl with privilege.”
“She’s [Field] very sorry about one thing and that appears to be the fact that she’s white,” Kelly explained. She then played the clip of Field telling the audience, “I was a little white girl with a pug nose born in Pasadena, California. And when I look around this room tonight, I know my fight, as hard as it was, was lightweight compared to some of yours. I thank you. And I applaud you.”
Kelly asked why the actress apologized for being “raised a little white girl and that she wasn’t of a different race with a bigger struggle.”
“Because news flash, white girls in America don’t have any troubles that are worth remembering when you’re in front of a group that has a lot of people of color,” the host sarcastically shared. “It’s such bologna, Dr. Drew. It’s such pathetic, obvious virtue signaling.”
“Sally Field could get up there and say ‘I came up in the industry where the casting couch, which was alive and well, that’s why we produced people like Harvey Weinstein,’” she added. “‘Too many women from Marilyn Monroe forward have had to be subjected to that nonsense in order to get on the big screen. So I’m grateful for the opportunities that I created for myself and I nailed them. I did really well and I feel good about it.’”
“She [Field] could’ve said something like that true to her personality,” Kelly continued. “No, she’s basically got to be like ‘I’m the little white girl from Pasadena and I basically suffered nothing like you people did here in this room.’ How does she know? It’s so diminishing to people of color who are in the room. She just assumes that they are all oppressed? Why should she assume that they’ve all had it so bad?”
Carolla said when it comes to Hollywood it’s all about saying what you need to in order to be employed.
“Actors need employment and as we’ve seen over the last few years people will cancel anybody and they’ll never come back,” the comedian/podcaster shared. “So, giving speeches about systemic racism makes you more employable and that’s why … that’s what these people are doing.”
“Maybe you [Field] can help by stopping the continuation of dividing us all so much,” the host said. “Could you just shut up? Just f***ing say thank you, honestly.”