DON LEMON SHOULD TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND RETHINK WHAT HE IS DOING
Since President Trump has been elected, many news pundits and celebrities have lost their minds.
Likewise, the same has happened following rapper Kanye West stepping forward as a supporter of the president and the two meeting together at the Oval office yesterday.
But of all the unhinged commentary about Kanye West and President Trump, nobody takes a back seat to CNN’s Don Lemon.
Lemon and his panel called West a “token,” used racial slurs to describe him, and implied West is mentally ill and thus should not be taken seriously.
On Tuesday’s CNN Tonight, while discussing Kanye West’s recent alliance with Republican President Donald Trump, CNN host Don Lemon twice claimed without citing any evidence that Trump supporters in the past had “called him the N-word” when he criticized singer Taylor Swift and President George W. Bush.
Additionally, CNN contributors Bakari Sellers and Tara Setmayer inserted racially tinged comments into the discussion as Setmayer called West a “token negro,” and Sellers derided him as “what happens when negroes don’t read.”
Then the next night, he took it a step farther, calling West a “minstrel” act and invoking the man’s dead mother in an attempt to shame him.
When host Wolf Blitzer gave Lemon the floor, the so-called CNN anchor claimed that he has “no animosity for Kanye West” and that he’ll “be honest” even though “I may get in a lot of trouble for it.”
Lemon opined that he “actually feel[s] bad for him” because “[w]hat saw was a minstrel show him in front of all these white people — most white people — embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African Americans because every one of them is sitting either at home or with their phones, watching this, cringing.”
Lemon explained that he “couldn’t even watch it” because it was “so hard” watching President Trump“exploiting someone who needs help, who needs to back away from the cameras, who needs to get off stage, who needs to deal with his issues and if anyone around him cares about him…they need to grab him, snatch him up and get Kanye together because Kanye needs help.”
Ok, so just to review:
Kanye west is a mentally-ill, token, ill-informed negro (Bakari Sellers words, not mine) who cannot read and is a minstrel show his dead mother should be ashamed of.
Somebody here should be ashamed, but it isn’t Kanye.
In addition to the disgusting assertion that anybody who thinks in a way you do not want him to is a token or — even more disgraceful — an embarrassment to his dead mother, the stigma Lemon and his guests put on those with mental health issues is beyond despicable.
As the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald correctly notes:
I can’t remember an episode that has produced more crude, contemptuous, reckless, stigmatizing and harmful discourse about mental health issues than the partisan anger, primarily emanating from cable news & social media, over the last 48 hours due to Kanye West’s WH visit.
Could not have said it any better myself.
If you have a problem with what Kanye West said, make a counter argument.
But to just categorize him as “crazy” and therefore unfit to enter the dialogue is well beyond the pale and does great harm to those who have a genuine need for help, as it further shames them and gives them reason to go on suffering in silence.
I would say Don Lemon should be ashamed of himself, but I am not sure he is capable of shame.
I would say Don Lemon should apologize, but let’s be honest, he is not going to do that.
So instead, I will just hope Lemon stops for at least a second to think about how reckless he is being and how terrible his rhetoric is for no other reason than his deep hatred of the president.
And I will hope he at least takes it down a notch.
But I will hope from afar, because I am done watching his show.