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Posted Saturday 1/05/19 at 3:04AM EST
Don Lemon gets emotional on CNN while discussing Kevin Hart's Ellen interview
“For many in the gay community, especially in the black community, the Twitter apologies on Ellen have fallen flat,” Lemon said on his CNN show, pointing out reactions calling the talk show moment “insincere” and that Hart “somehow turns himself into a victim instead of acknowledging the real victims of violent and sometimes deadly homophobia.” Lemon added: “Someone like Kevin Hart, with one of the biggest megaphones in the entire world, he can be a leader … he can help change homophobia in the black community, something Kevin’s old Twitter jokes addressed but in the wrong way."
- Ellen's decision to offer Hart absolution was "sickening": "When the most famous and beloved gay person in America congratulates an equally famous and wealthy person on ignoring queer people hurt by his violent and homophobic rhetoric, she is abdicating her responsibility to the people she claims to care so much about—the 'kids (who) are killed for being gay or beaten up every day,' as she described them in Friday’s episode," says Christina Cauterucci. "DeGeneres could have used the interview to help Hart engage in a deep, complicated reckoning with his biases and his aversion to taking accountability for them. Instead, she echoed his repeated claims that the criticism of his homophobia was a 'malicious attack' on his person and his career, as if there weren’t good reason to be disturbed by the remarks the 'haters' brought up."
- GLAAD issues a terse response to Hart's Ellen appearance: "From when this news first broke, GLAAD said Kevin Hart should not step down from the Oscars, he should step up and send an unequivocal message of acceptance to LGBTQ youth that matches the force and impact of his initial anti-LGBTQ remarks"
- Ellen's treatment of Hart was an embarrassing instance of clueless celebrity overreach — and sent a toxic message to the black LGBTQ community
- It was shocking to see Ellen throw her weight behind Hart's self-victimization
- Their conversation wasn't between a gay comedian and a straight one: "It's between one insulated celebrity and another, bonding over what they have in common"
- Who died and made Ellen gay pope?: "Really, no single person is qualified to offer the forgiveness of all of queer America," says Drew Goins. "But a white cisgender woman who is widely beloved and obscenely wealthy to boot is particularly ill-suited to try to muster such papal authority. For DeGeneres to think herself licensed to dispense this pass to Hart suggests that the only real indulgence here is her own."
- Ellen telling Hart "don't let those people win" was a diss of the LGBTQ community: "In one breath she went from articulating the legitimate gripes of gay folks to dismissing all of them as haters and losers," says Spencer Kornhaber. "This is how discourse short-circuits, how reasonable calls to show some empathy get hijacked into tribal warfare and incoherent rhetoric about “mob mentality.” It’s simply true that real people, not amorphous axe-grinding masses, are hurt by attitudes like the ones Hart expressed in his jokes."
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 12:45AM EST
CNN employees return to New York office after bomb scare forced an evacuation during primetime
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
CNN Tonight with Don Lemon was on air when the telephone threat came in at 10:35 p.m. ET., with Lemon saying he and his guests and crew had to evacuate. "We were evacuated in the middle of my live show," Lemon tweeted. "Bomb threat. We’re running taped programming. NYPD is investigating. Stay tuned. #cnn #nypd" Nearly 90 minutes later, CNN tweeted: "NYPD has given the all clear for employees to return to the building at CNN Headquarters in NY."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
Don Lemon rips Trump on CNN in response to the president calling him "the dumbest man on television"
Source: The Guardian
“Let me not mince words here," Lemon said on his primetime show in response to President Trump's late Friday tweet. "This president traffics in racism and is fueled by bullying. From keeping children at the border in cages to bullying journalists at his rallies every chance that he gets. President Trump is trying a divide and conquer strategy here and here’s how it goes."
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 4:52PM EDT
CNN trolls President Trump over LeBron James interview: "Sounds like @FLOTUS had the remote last night"
The president was apparently watching CNN's Don Lemon interview the NBA legend late last night when he decided to attack their intelligence, tweeting that James was "just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do." CNN's PR Twitter account responded by using Melania Trump's #BeBest slogan: "Sounds like @FLOTUS had the remote last night. We hope you both saw the incredible work of @KingJames. #BeBest." That prompted First lady spokesperson Stephanie Grisham to tweet: "#BeBest is a sincere campaign meant to help children. Not something for @CNN to use to mock @POTUS." ALSO: Don Lemon hit back at President Trump for calling him dumb, also invoking Melania Trump's slogan: "Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages? #BeBest."
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:42AM EST
Don Lemon returns to CNN following his sister’s tragic death
“I am back sitting with you tonight because this is exactly where she would have wanted me to be,” he said last night, adding: “I want all of you to know that your prayers and your words of encouragement have really meant the world to me and my family over the last few days.”
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 6:10PM EST
Don Lemon’s older sister dies in an accidental drowning
The CNN anchor’s older sister, 58-year-old L’Tanya “Leisa” Lemon Grimes, died on Wednesday after accidentally falling into a pond in Louisiana. Police don't suspect foul play.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 4:39PM EST
Don Lemon blames President Trump, addressing him directly, for CNN death threats
“Mr. President, I’m speaking directly to you,” Lemon said on his CNN show in reaction to a Michigan man shouting “fake News” in threats to the cable news network. “We are not the enemy. We are not trying to silence you. It is the job of the free press to report the facts, to ask questions, tough questions, ones you don’t like, even if you don’t like the facts or those questions. No matter how many times you attack us as fake news, we will continue to do our jobs.” Lemon himself was the subject of a death threat last November.