Charlize Theron got audiences on Megyn Kelly’s side in ‘Bombshell.’ But Kelly is now attracting criticism again, this time through her tweets.

After her NBC exit, Bombshell brought Megyn Kelly back to the public eye through Charlize Theron. Source: Wikipedia
After her NBC exit, Bombshell brought Megyn Kelly back to the public eye through Charlize Theron. Source: Wikipedia

It was 2018 when Megyn Kelly staged her last, unceremonious TV appearance. The journalist advocated the appropriateness of blackface on her NBC show ‘Megyn Kelly Today,’ much to public dismay. There was an instantaneous uproar against the former Fox News anchor. And the controversy led to an abrupt closure of Kelly’s show on the network. Kelly, nevertheless, still debates that it was a deliberate opportunity-grabbing move. She maintains the network always intended to fire her for low ratings, and the controversy gave them their chance.

Charlize Theron had starred as Megyn Kelly in Bombshell. Source: Wikipedia
Charlize Theron had starred as Megyn Kelly in Bombshell. Source: Wikipedia

Charlize Theron Returns Megyn Kelly To The Public Eye In Bombshell

After her firing, Kelly did not return to public consciousness until December 2019. But this time, it wasn’t Kelly herself making the comeback. Charlize Theron stepped into Megyn Kelly’s shoes for the movie. Bombshell depicted Kelly in a balanced, positive light. The film endorsed Kelly’s empowerment activities. The Jay Roach movie explored Kelly’s struggle with sexual harassment at her former employer, Fox News.

Bombshell trailer, starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie.

Bombshell projected a liberated, progressive Megyn Kelly in Charlize Theron. Theron’s Kelly was an intrepid journalist who confronted Donald Trump on his sexism. In summary, Bombshell‘s Megyn Kelly was audacious, and for all the right reasons. However, Kelly’s recent tweets are undoing the impact of Bombshell and Charlize Theron’s portrayal.

Megyn Kelly’s Tweets May Undo Her Bombshell Image

Megyn Kelly has demonstrated a categorical opposition to violent protests. She also made moot comments about the non-violent demonstrations. Kelly voiced her support for the police forces and made an explicit mention of how NYPD forces were protecting rioters in New York. And however innocuous Kelly may have thought she was being, the tweet received its fair share backlash.

Given the fragility of the situation, Kelly’s opinions were met with sharp criticism. People called out Kelly for an apparent lack of empathy. They are also arguing that Kelly’s white privilege prevents her from comprehending the gravity of the issue.

The tweetstorms have been particularly damaging to the authenticity of Charlize Theron’s performance in Bombshell. Charlize Theron had depicted Megyn Kelly as an empathetic warrior. Bombshell publicised Kelly’s righteous motives. But Kelly’s stance on the Black Lives Matter movement is subduing the movie’s attempt at salvation.

In Bombshell, the Charlize Theron version of Kelly was a pioneering activist. She amassed abuse victims at her workspace. And through a collaborative effort, she exposed Roger Ailes.

Now, Megyn Kelly’s image is in her own hands. She has been vocal about lifting the COVID-19 lockdown. And she is also standing by Joe Biden accuser Tara Reade. Since she is out of show-business, Kelly is focusing more on a web-career. Her views have incurred unsurprising, divisive reactions, which will continue as long as her career lies in commenting on the controversial.