CNN’s Don Lemon Does The Most Don Lemon Thing Ever

During Monday night's broadcast of CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon held up a big sign reading "NIGGER" and asked, "Does this offend you?"
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At the beginning of Monday night’s broadcast of CNN Tonight, host and amateur newsreader guy Don Lemon decided to draw all the attention of the world directly to him by holding up a sign that blared the N-word on it while asking his viewers if they were offended. In the most Don Lemon way possible, Lemon supposedly wanted to have a serious discussion about race and the symbols and words that many see as offensive, specifically the N-word and the Confederate flag. However, his method was the equivalent of a toddler smearing poop on the wall.

Obviously, Lemon was influenced by the two most trending stories on Monday. We have the raging debate in South Carolina and across the country about the need to take down the Confederate flag flying in front of South Carolina’s capitol, especially after the racially motivated murders of nine black churchgoers last week in Charleston. This was followed up by President Obama using the word “nigger” in context while talking about racism during his appearance on Marc Maron’s ‘WTF’ podcast, which set white conservatives tongues a clucking.

Therefore, in an effort to shoehorn both topics into one supremely bad idea, Lemon turned up the Don Lemon factor to 11 and just held up his big ol’ sign. (Who had the task of getting this sign made at the print shop and picking it up?) Below is video of Lemon’s intro, courtesy of YouTube user Anna Fox:



Well, as one would expect, Twitter blew up with reactions to Lemon. Most of Black Twitter called him out for merely trying to draw attention to himself. The rest of Twitter basically just made fun of Lemon, mostly because that is what you do to Don Lemon.


And on and on and on it goes on Twitter. Seriously, just how is Don Lemon real? I mean, he has to be some kind of performance artist, right?

Justin Baragona is the editor and publisher of Contemptor. Prior to starting the site, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He currently resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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